Giants Get Eduardo Nunez From The Twins In Exchange For Adalberto Mejia

San Francisco Giants News Release

Eduardo Nunez

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Adalberto Mejia, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced tonight.

 

Nunez, 29, is hitting .300 (110-for-367) with 49 runs scored, 12 home runs and 47 RBI this season. He was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2016 and appeared as a defensive replacement at second-base. Entering today’s games he led the American League with 26 stolen bases, which were already the most for a Twin since 2012.

 

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Nunez has started 84 games this season with the Twins (48 at shortstop, 28 at third-base, four at second-base and four at DH). He was leading the Twins in average, hits (110), stolen bases and ranked second in doubles (15) and runs scored.

 

Originally signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, the right-handed hitter has appeared in parts of seven seasons in the Majors with the Yankees (2010-13) and the Twins (2014-16). He is a career .275 (415-for-1,511) hitter with 30 home runs and 91 stolen bases in 504 games in the big leagues.

 

Mejia, 23, has combined to go 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA (33er, 105.2ip) in 18 starts between double-A Richmond and triple-A Sacramento this season. Signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, Mejia entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the Giants’ 10th-best prospect.



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