The end of an era is nearing, as Derek Jeter‘s illustrious career will come to an end in the next few years. The search for his predecessor will be extensive and vitally important to the future of the New York Yankees. Maybe they will trade for a player, maybe they will sign a free agent or even bring up a player from their farm system. Whatever they do, it should not include Eduardo Nunez.
With the news last week that Alex Rodriguez will miss the entire 2014 season, the Yankees are now tasked with finding a replacement for him at third base. They have a couple options, and again, Nunez should not be considered a solution. Kelly Johnson is the most likely candidate to start at third for the Yankees this season.
So why not Nunez? For starters, Eduardo has 10 career home runs in his four-year career despite supposedly having good power. He is also a career .260 hitter, which isn’t terrible considering his great speed. However, even his speed, which is his best attribute, is tainted by the fact that his helmet literally never stays on. You’re a pro athlete — get equipment that fits!
Eduardo also has horrible fundamentals. His swing has a helicopter-like motion that finishes with a strange follow-through, and his defense … is flat out horrendous. In four years as a utility guy, Nunez has already committed 42 errors. In only 78 games career at third base, Nunez has made 11 errors. He has a very strong arm, but that may be his only strength in the field. He has struggled to make even the routine plays. He not only has trouble fielding the ball cleanly, but he has thrown many balls into the stands as well.
Nunez will get playing time this year mostly as a utility man. Hopefully, the Yankees don’t think about retaining him long-term. Please Yankees, for the sake of the fans in the first few rows behind first base.