According to Jason Mastrdonato of the Boston Herald, the Rex Sox “intend to explore a contract” for Eduardo Nunez this offseason.
Despite currently nursing a knee injury, Nunez has been phenomenal for the Red Sox. Since they acquired him on July 26th from the Giants, he has hit .319/.351/.534 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, five stolen bases and 22 runs scored in 171 plate appearances.
Original Post – September 15
Cafardo also lists the Mets as one of five teams that could show interest in Mike Moustakas who will also be a free agent this offseason.
As noted by Cafardo, it is not very likely the players would return to their current teams, and the Mets have the ability to offer both players a long-term contract and an everyday position.
Nunez, 30, is appealing to the Mets because he has the ability to play multiple positions, and for two straight seasons, he has played extremely well for two contenders as they pushed towards the postseason.
Conversely, Nunez plays multiple positions because he is not truly a good defender at any position. Of all the positions he plays, third base is probably his best with him posting a 0 DRS this year and a -5 DRS over seven years.
This season, Nunez is having a career year at the plate posting a career high 111 wRC+. Between his time for San Francisco and Boston, he’s hitting .312/.340/.458 with 32 doubles, 12 homers, and 58 RBI with 24 stolen bases.
Similar to Nunez, Moustakas is having a career year at the plate hitting a career-high 36 homers. Overall, he’s hitting .273/.314/.528 with 22 doubles, the 36 homers, and 81 RBI. Like the homers, the slugging and OPS are career highs. He’s one off his career high for RBI.
Unlike Nunez, Moustakas has a reputation as a good fielder.
However, judging from the numbers, Moustakas’ glove is more reputation than recent production. This year, he has a -7 DRS with a -2.8 UZR as well.
In addition to Nunez and Moustakas, Cafardo also reports the Orioles may be forced to shop Manny Machado this offseason should the team fail to sign him to a long-term contract extension.