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Mets sign Eduardo Nunez to minor league deal

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Nunez has struggled mightily at the plate over the past two seasons.

2019 London Series Boston Red Sox Workout Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Mets have signed 32-year-old infielder Eduardo Nunez to a minor league deal, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. While Nunez was a pretty productive player from 2015 through 2017, he’s struggled over the past two seasons.

In 2018, Nunez made 502 plate appearances for the Red Sox and hit just .265/.289/.388 with a 78 wRC+. But that level of performance was far better than his 2019 line, albeit in just 174 plate appearances: .228/.243/.305 with a 35 wRC+.

Defensively, Nunez has spent time at second base, third base, shortstop, and in the outfield in his major league career, though his most recent outfield time came in 2017 when he was with the Giants.

Heading into the 2020 season, the Mets figure to have Robinson Cano at second, Jeff McNeil at third, and Amed Rosario at shortstop on an everyday basis. Behind those three, though, are Luis Guillorme and Jed Lowrie, the latter of whom has been vaguely injured for all but a fairly meaningless stint as a pinch hitter in a handful of appearances late in the 2019 season since signing a two-year deal with the Mets last winter.