The Atlanta Braves have remained quiet on the free agent market but recent reports indicate they are interested in Eduardo Nunez. Signing the veteran infielder could make sense on a team full of young up-and-coming infielders.
Atlanta Braves fans are excited to see the new young infield core in action, but that doesn’t mean the organization shouldn’t provide some depth if things were to go wrong. Nunez is coming off of his best season to date, but in a slow free agent market his price would likely be low compared to years past.
Nunez has garnered a lot of interest over the past week with the Braves being one of the top teams that are vying for his services. Nunez is a high contact hitter who hits for average with limited power.
He would bring great speed in the lineup or the bench stealing a combine 64 bases over the last two seasons. Getting Nunez consistent at-bats would be a must if the Braves opt to add him to the roster.
Slotting Nunez as an option at third base and second base behind two young prospects would be a perfect move for the Braves. The only similar fit would be if the Braves were able to acquire Martin Prado in a potential Christian Yelich deal.
For Prado the concerns would be injuries after staying hurt for most of 2017. Nunez’s season was cut short as well but has far less durability concerns and would slot perfectly in the Braves lineup or coming off of the bench.
Nunez finished the season with a .313 average and is a lifetime .282 hitter. This is the first time the Braves have had serious interest in a free agent and just maybe that means the hot stove is finally about to heat up.