La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins trade for Eduardo Nunez

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 7, 2014 - 4:45 PM

The Twins have sent minor league lefthander Miguel Sulbaran to the Yankees in exchange for Eduardo Nunez, who has 270 career games in New York.

Nunez, 26, will be assigned to Class AAA Rochester and count on the Twins' 40-man roster. They now have 39 spots filled. He had been designated for assignment last week.

Sulbaran was slated to open the season in the Cedar Rapids rotation. The Twins dealt for him last July 31, in exchange for Drew Butera.

Nunez is a .260 career hitter with a .313 on base percentage. Of the 258 games he's played defensively, 152 have come as a shortstop, 78 at third, 20 at second and a few in the outfield.

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