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The San Francisco Giants made the first of what could be a few over the next few days as the trade deadline approaches as the Giants traded third baseman/utility player Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league righthanded pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Nunez should plug in for Boston at third base as the desperate BoSox have called up top prospect Rafael Devers after Devers had played just a few games at AAA Pawtucket.
The 30 year old Nunez has been one of the hotter hitters in the league of late and is hitting .307 for the season.
Nunez was obtained near last season's trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins and will be a free agent at the conclusion of this season..
As for the return from Boston,the two pitchers are a few years away from the bigs at best and we know much more about Shaun Anderson than we do about Gregory Santos.
Anderson was the Red Sox third rounder in 2016 out of Florida,where he served as the Gators closer.
Anderson throws in the low 90's and the Red Sox were trying to stretch him out into a starter in his full season in the minors.
At 6'4 and 225,Anderson looks the part of a workhorse/innings eater and could peak out as a 3 or 4 starter in the majors.
Anderson split 2017 between Low A Greenville ( 2.56 ERA in seven starts) and High A Salem (3.99 ERA in 11 starts),with the rise in level seeing a drop in effectiveness,but the move to Salem still saw batters hit just .236 against him with a solid strikeout to walk ratio of 48 to 18.
I saw Anderson pitch once and it was his worst outing of the year,so I caught him on an off night!
I know next to nothing about 17 year old Gregory Santos (turns 18 next month) other than numbers,which look sharp in seven starts for the Boston entry in the Dominican league (0.90 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 30 innings).
Santos is 6'2 and 190,which makes me think that he's quite lanky and those type of pitchers tend to throw pretty hard (think of former Red Sox top prospect Anderson Espinoza).
Santos is a hail mary selection,you just don't know what you have when you are making such a trade,but I'm assuming someone sees enough upside to take a throw deep on him.
In such a bad season for the Giants and with such a bereft farm system,these are the type of trades that are easy to make with impending free agents.
The larger question is what other trades could the Giants make?
Could Jeff Samardzija be a target with stats that both look great and terrible depending on how you want to read them?
Could Johnny Cueto be a factor in talks despite a bad season,a big contract and his player option at the end of the year?
Do the Giants think that the time is right to rebuild? Or does the front office believe that a few tweaks would put a highly thought of team before the season back into contention next season?
If that's the case,what would those tweaks be and would the team trade players in question for immediate help or prospects that might be closer to the bigs?
Lots of questions in San Francisco,the first of which was answered tonight...