SEATTLE — Newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez will join the Red Sox Friday, bringing about a tough decision on who goes to make room for him on the 25-man roster.
The Red Sox traded for Nunez on Tuesday, sending a pair of minor-league pitchers to the Giants.
Will it be a quick end to Rafael Devers’ first stint in the majors, or will the Red Sox send the valuable Deven Marrero back to Triple A Pawtucket?
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said early Wednesday that the Nunez move may not be the end of his deal-making before Monday’s trade deadline, and he acknowledged Nunez does not provide the team with the power bat they need.
The Red Sox had ongoing talks with the Giants for a couple of weeks. The deal was finalized on the same day Devers made his major league debut.
“I’ve got to sit down with John and see what move we’re going to make,” Dombrowski said after a 6-5, 13-inning loss to the Mariners. It’s the first time the Red Sox have lost four consecutive games in 2017.
“He’s a good offensive player who is swinging the bat very well. This is another bat which would help give us some offense which we need at this time.”
Could Nunez platoon with Devers?
“I’ll wait and answer that question,” Dombrowski said. “I think [Nunez will] play a lot for us. He’s been very hot. . . . With the versatility he has, he can play a lot of different spots.”
Dombrowski said the team didn’t make a corresponding move Wednesday because he didn’t want Nunez to have to rush to Seattle, where the Sox close out the three-game series later in the day.
Dombrowski said the deal had nothing to do with Nunez’s ability to play shortstop and on occasion relieve Xander Bogaerts.
“It was more a situation of that we think he is a good offensive player who can play a lot of different positions,” Dombrowski said. “He gives us speed in addition to the offense.”
Nunez was hitting .307 with four homers, 29 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. He had played 48 games at third base, 19 in left field, 11 at shortstop, and two in right field.
The Red Sox owe Nunez about $1.5 million. That will allow them to add another reliever and possibly another bat, but still stay under the $195 million luxury tax threshold.
The Red Sox have been looking at relievers Pat Neshek (Phillies) and Justin Wilson (Tigers), and they’ll also be on the lookout for a first baseman/designated hitter before the deadline.
Nunez, 30, from the Dominican Republic, is righthanded-hitter who has hit .278 in eight seasons in the majors. He has 38 career home runs and 216 RBI. Nunez has a .316 on-base percentage, a .404 slugging percentage, and a .721 OPS.
Nunez, an All-Star in 2016, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Yankees.
The Red Sox gave up two Single A pitchers — Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Anderson, 22, is 6-3 with a 3.42 earned run average in 18 starts between Single A Greenville and High A Salem. Selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, Anderson posted a 1.15 WHIP and held opponents to a .228 batting average this year.
Santos, 17, was signed by Boston as an international free agent in 2015. He’s made seven starts for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox this season, going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA while striking out 24 and walking 15. He made his professional debut in 2016, when he went 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts) in the Dominican Summer League.