Updated: 04/07/2014 5:50 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Tabbert
Eduardo Nunez has spent the past four seasons with the New York Yankees.
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The Minnesota Twins acquired shortstop Eduardo Nunez from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Miguel Sulbaran, the team said Monday.
The move was announced as the Twins took on the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Nunez has been assigned to Triple-A Rochester.
Sulbaran, 20, was with the Twins' Class-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels, where he pitched one inning during the regular season.
In 2013, Sulbaran was 9-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 112 2-3 innings with Cedar Rapids and Single-A Great Lakes. He struck out 101 batters while walking 32.
Nunez has spent the last four seasons with the Yankees. He hit .267 over that span in 188 official at-bats and had a .953 fielding percentage last year in 256 chances at shortstop.
Signed by the Yankees in 2004, Nunez came up to the major leagues in 2010 and was seen as a possible successor to Derek Jeter at shortstop. But he struggled defensively, was beaten out by Yangervis Solarte during spring training for a backup infield job and was designated for assignment last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.