Friday July 29th, 2016

The Giants bolstered their infield for the stretch run on Thursday night, acquiring Twins infielder Eduardo Nuñez in exchange for lefthander Adalberto Mejia.

Both teams announced the move, with infielder Jorge Polanco coming up to replace Nuñez.

The 29-year-old Nuñez entered Thursday batting .296 with 12 home runs and 26 stolen bases on the season. He made his first All-Star team this season playing shortstop primarily, but has logged time at second, third and both corner outfield spots over the course of his career with the Twins and Yankees.

Nuñez adds offensive quality and depth to the Giants’ infield, where Connor Gillaspie and Joe Panik have played third and second base, respectively, with Matt Duffy on the disabled list. With Brandon Crawford entrenched at shortstop, Nunez will conceivably slide around the diamond as needed.

Mejia ranks as the 91st best prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America. The 6'3" lefty has a 2.98 ERA in 18 starts between Double and Triple A this season, going a combined 7–3.

 

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