Eduardo Nunez has exercised his $5 million player option. That’ll keep him with the Red Sox for 2019.
Nunez, who hit just .265/.289/.388 over 127 regular season games in 2018, was going to face an uphill climb to match that kind of pact for next season, let alone to find a better one. Not that Red Sox fans will be sad to see him stay given the big three-run homer he hit in Boston’s World Series Game 1 victory. He’s also a pretty versatile utilityman/insurance policy.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.