(So long, Scissorhands. Courtesy of Getty Images)
In retrospect, I think we should have all seen this coming. As first reported by Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have designated Eduardo Nunez for assignment in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Yangervis Solarte. It started late last week when Solarte was announced as Joe's pick for the final bench spot, it continued earlier today when Solarte was given Nunez's number 26, and it concludes with this roster move.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise based solely on Nunez's tenure with the team. As recently as a week ago he looked like the odds-on favorite to win the final roster spot, but I guess his ST performance that was right in line with the consistently below-average production he's had his whole Major League career was the final straw. The bottom line is the guy didn't hit and didn't field. You have to be able to do one or the other to stick and the Yankees gave him plenty of chances to prove that he could. We'll see where Nunez goes now, but this move has to all but signal an end to his Yankee career.