The Giants reinstated Nunez from the 10-day disabled list last Saturday after a hamstring issue handicapped him for several weeks, but he is healthier than another Red Sox trade target.
While Cabrera has almost exclusively played shortstop and second base, Nuñez has played 238 of his 580 career games at third base. He is slashing.295/.319/.407 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 69 appearances for the Giants this year. That would open the door for San Francisco to get more talent in the players they would receive for Nunez. Via MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Stanton said after the game, "If you can't win a series against the worst team in the league; there's not much going for you, right there".
Not only would he be an upgrade at the plate over whoever would most start in Kipnis' place, assuming it's Giovanny Urshela or Yandy Diaz at third base (Jose Ramirez would move to second), but he also has plenty of experience all around the field as well and can play wherever it's needed when called upon. According to Bill Baer of Hardball Talk, the two teams had been engaged in discussions regarding Prado and reliever David Phelps. He brings it offensively and on the base paths and with the offense struggling like it is, it may be the little bolt that this team badly needs.
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