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Friday, November 20, 2020

Orioles Designate Renato Nunez For Assignment

Some may be surprised to see the Orioles letting go of Núñez. The 26-year-old has been an everyday player for Baltimore over the past two seasons, slugging .469 and hitting 43 home runs in 815 plate appearances. However, as MLBTR’s Steve Adams explored at length in previewing the Orioles’ offseason, Núñez indeed looked like a potential non-tender candidate. Núnez’s relatively low walk rates have led to a lackluster .314 on-base percentage over the past two years. He’s not well-regarded as a defender at third base, either. Overall, he’s only been worth around one win above replacement the past two seasons combined in the estimation of both FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.

Evidently, Baltimore decided Núñez’s on-base and defensive deficiencies outweighed the power potential he brings, particularly as he enters arbitration for the first time. Núñez is projected for a salary in the $2.1MM – $3.9MM range this offseason, and the Orioles were clearly prepared to non-tender him prior to the December 2 deadline. With that settled, there’s little reason to keep Núñez on the 40-man roster beyond today’s Rule 5 protection deadline.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2020 at 10:04 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. BDC Posted: November 21, 2020 at 10:31 AM (#5990436)
Núñez played only 13 games for the Rangers, only seven in Arlington, but I remember him well. Aside from hitting .167 here, he did not seem to be able to catch a baseball. I have rarely seen an infielder that overmatched. I'm glad he bounced back to have a couple of OK seasons for Baltimore.

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