San Francisco Giants Trade for Eduardo Nunez
The Giants obtained Twins’ 3B/SS Eduardo Nunez in exchange for starting pitcher prospect Adalberto Mejia. The move solves a problem the Giants had at 3B since Matt Duffy got hurt, but it certainly has the potential to be a deal the Giants regret for many years.
At age 29, Nunez is having the best season of his MLB career, but he doesn’t have much power and he walks very little (career .312 on-base percentage). He could possibly get hot for the last two months of the season, but the odds are just as good that he has trouble adjusting to a new league and playing in more of a pitchers’ park than the one he played in in Minnesota. He certainly doesn’t look like the big bat the Giants need to shake themselves out of their post-All Star Game doldrums.
Meanwhile the 23 year old Mejia looks almost ready to start a successful major league career. In seven starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Mejia has struck out 43 batters in 40.2 innings pitched while allowing 42 hits and only 11 walks. His 4.20 ERA isn’t impressive but that’s down from 5.71 four starts ago.
Could Mejia be the next Francisco Liriano, who you will remember the Giants traded away with Joe Nathan to the Twins in 2003’s disastrous A.J. Pierzynski trade? I think the odds of that happening are about as good as Nunez getting hot and leading the Giants to the post-season this year.