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Report: Red Sox want to sign Eduardo Nunez beyond 2017

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Eduardo Nunez has been phenomenal ever since joining the Red Sox in a July 26 trade from the Giants. Nunez has hit .319/.351/.534 with eight home runs, 27 RBI, and 22 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Until September, he played second base in place of the then-injured Dustin Pedroia and has operated in a utility role since.

The Red Sox like what they’ve seen and intend to explore signing Nunez for at least the 2018 season, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Nunez, who is 30 years old, can become a free agent after this season.

While his production over the last 37 games surpasses any of his full-season finishes, Nunez isn’t playing significantly over his head as he put up an above-average OPS in each of the last three seasons. Nunez’s versatility also impacts his value significantly, so it’s easy to see why the Red Sox want to keep him around.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: