The fifth-best offense in the National League just got even better.
Eduardo Nunez has been traded to the Giants. Announcement coming…..
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) July 29, 2016
After six seasons of solid but unspectacular production, Nunez broke out in 2016.
The 29-year-old shortstop led the American League with 27 steals and has only been caught six times while hitting .296/.325/.439. He was selected for his first All-Star team this year. Though it hasn't impeded on their ability to put up runs, the Giants have struggled to get production out of second and third base thanks to injuries to Joe Panek and Matt Duffy.
Though not a noted glove man, Nunez's experience at various spots in the infield and outfield make him an excellent super-sub that could be an everyday player for the Giants, seeing time all over the diamond. He's under team control through the 2017 season.
The Giants currently sit in first in the NL West with a record of 59-43, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In return, the 38-63 Twins received left-handed pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. The 23-year-old starter was ranked the 86th-best prospect by Baseball Prospectus before the 2015 season and, according to MLB.com, will be the Giants' seventh-best minor leaguer.
MLB.com notes the 6'3" hurler "often pitches in the low 90s and tops out at 95 with sink and tail on his fastball." In 18 starts between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016, Mejia has a 2.98 ERA and 1.107 WHIP.