Created: 04/09/2014 6:42 PM WHEC.com
A familiar face to Yankee fans is now a member of the Red Wings. Eduardo Nunez was expected to be Derek Jeter's heir apparent, but after a tough spring, Nunez was traded to the Twins.
The Yankees once held Eduardo Nunez in such high regard that in 2011 they refused to trade him for all-star Cliff Lee. On Monday, the Yankees traded the struggling Nunez for a low level prospect. He’s no longer the replacement for Derek Jeter. Instead, at 26-years-old, Nunez is just trying to get back to the bigs.
He was outplayed in spring for a utility spot on the Yankees roster. After playing 270 games in pinstripes, batting .267, the two sides parted ways. Nunez can play short, third and second, but does have his issues in the field and hasn't shown consistency at the plate.
In Rochester, Nunez will have the chance to regain his once promising form and possible join the Twins roster.
Nunez said, “It was tough to me to play for an organization like the New York Yankees. Now new experience with the Twin, it will be fun. So do my thing here is do my work I know what I can do. I know I can play this sport. I have been here all my life. I'm not concerned what people say about me.”
Nunez will not start Wednesday against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He is expected to get the nod in Lehigh Valley Thursday.