Just as position players are set to arrive to spring camp, the Boston Red Sox have struck a deal with a familiar face that will help their uncertain infield round into shape.

officially inked veteran infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year deal with a player option for 2019.

The deal is expected to pay the 30-year-old $4 million in 2018, with another $4 million on the table if he opts into the second year.  Nunez, who was acquired by the Sox at the trade deadline last season, has played eight seasons on in the majors, getting time at shortstop, second base, third base and in the outfield corners.  The infielder is a proven Major League hitter, having compiled a career slash line of
.282/.320/.415. After coming over to Boston last August, Nunez thrived,
slashing .321/.353/.539 with eight homers and 27 RBIs in just 38 games. Nunez will likely start the year at second base for the BoSox, as they wait for veteran Dustin Pedroia to recover from offseason knee surgery. Once Pedroia returns, Nunez will add value around the infield and will likely get opportunities at the DH spot and potentially in the outfield as well.