AT&T PARK — In the fifth inning on Tuesday night, TV cameras caught Eduardo Nuñez, who had just been lifted from the game, collecting his bats and heading down the dugout steps.
At the bottom of the flight stood a crew of his San Francisco Giants teammates waiting to hand out hugs for the third baseman, who as the team would later announce, had been traded to the Boston Red Sox moments earlier.
“Eduardo just did a nice job for us,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was a lot of fun to have around on the club and he’s very talented. That’s why a lot of clubs wanted him.”
“He was getting a lot of calls,” Bochy added. “So, I’m going to miss him.”
Almost exactly a year to the day after the Giants had acquired him from the Minnesota Twins, the Giants sent Nuñez to Boston in exchange for right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Anderson, 22, had a 3.42 ERA in 18 starts for the Red Sox’s High-A and Low-A affiliates. Santos, 17, had produced a 0.90 ERA in seven starts for Boston’s Dominican Summer League Rookie team.
Bochy admitted that it was difficult to say goodbye to the gregarious third basemen — even if the whole team knew a move was imminent.
“You spend a lot of time with each other and it’s not easy for these guys,” Bochy explained. “They know that something was probably going to happen — especially with Nooney. In fact, they were kidding him every day, ‘You still here? You still here?’ But he’s going to … a very good ball club. He’s got a chance to get to the postseason. So I’m happy for him.”
“Hopefully our paths will cross again.”