SAN FRANCISCO -- Until Hensley Meulens told him that his streak had been snapped Monday, Eduardo Nuñez did not realize he had reached base in 33 consecutive games. Scouts certainly had, however.
Nuñez, a free agent at the end of the year, has always been the Giant most likely to get traded before the July 31 deadline. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox have their eye on the third baseman.
Boston recently designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment and the Red Sox continue to pay the price not only for that deal, but also the decision to trade Travis Shaw to Milwaukee. Nuñez would be a nice fit for the contender, although the trade market is saturated with rental options at third. One buyer was eliminated Tuesday when the Yankees traded for Todd Frazier.
Nuñez is batting .295 this season with 17 stolen bases, but he has been slowed by hamstring issues. He has said repeatedly that he loves playing in San Francisco, and earlier this month he reiterated that he would consider re-signing in the offseason if he is traded.