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Giants Land All-Star Nunez

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On Thursday night the ailing San Francisco Giants made a move to help stop the bleeding the team has suffered as of late.  The Giants picked up All-Star infielder, Eduardo Nunez in a trade with the Minnesota Twins.  The Giants dealt Minor League pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia in exchange for Nunez to help shore up the lack of depth the Giants have at the infield positions.  Nunez is batting .300 with 47 RBI and has 7 years of Big League experience under his belt.


“We’ve seen the need for depth in our infield,” Giants general manager Bobby Evans said of Nunez. “To have a guy that has his experience, and is off to a good start this season, we just feel like he can help us cover the tracks as we get Duffy and Panik back.”


The Giants are a team that since the All-Star break has not only been struggling to win, but struggling to stay healthy.  Second baseman Joe Panik and Third baseman Matt Duffy are two players that the Giants have missed due to injury.  The Giants did get Panik back from the disabled list on Thursday night as they faced the Nationals, but they are still waiting on the return of Duffy from a left Achilles injury.  This is something the Giants organization felt they needed to do to allow them an extra option in the infield.


“It’ll just be as we would use any utility infield help,” said Evans, adding that Duffy will remain the starting third baseman when he returns. “The added value of [Nunez’s] speed, experience and bat gives us some versatility.”


Nunez is basically a player on loan for three months.  He is due to become a free agent at the end of the 2016 season.  Nunez was leading the American league with 26 stolen bases and will help the Giants with something they have clearly lacked in speed.  He is a true Utility player that can fill in at Third base, Short stop, and Second to fill the gaps for the Giants.

The Twins picked up a quality pitcher in Mejia also,  He was ranked as the Giants No.7 prospect by MLB Pipeline.  He has a 2.81 ERA in 18 combined starts for the Twins Double A and Triple A affiliates.  Mejia also was one of two players to represent the Giants in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game.


We’re proud of what Mejia has done, to see him go is hard,” said Evans. “We knew that as we got into this Deadline we were going to be asked for some heavy costs. It wasn’t a surprise that he was asked about quite a bit.”


The Trade Deadline is set for Monday August 1st and now the Giants have to turn their attention to other needs they are facing.


“We’ll stay open-minded on everything, but the bullpen has been our focus,” said Evans.


The Giants have lost 8 out of their last 10 games and are holding on to a small lead in the NL West over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  If they are to stop the downward spiral we can expect to see more moves headed their way before the deadline.