Found November 14, 2013 on Sports Injury Alert:
PLAYERS: Nick Punto
TEAMS: Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics have moved to bolster their infield depth for 2014 by signing veteran Nick Punto to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, as reported by Jane Lee of Lee’s source also said that there is a $250,000 buyout on a 2015 option for the same salary, which will vest if Punto spends less than 30 days on the DL. Assistant GM David Forst highlighted Punto’s versatility as a key factor in the A’s decision to sign him. “We’ve been looking at him since the beginning of the offseason, looking at his versatility, his ability to play three infield positions, to switch-hit,” said A’s assistant general manager David Forst. “This is a role he’s comfortable in and done very well over the last few seasons. He just fits in really well with the way we’ve built the roster here over the last couple of seasons.” Punto, now 36, has spent thirteen seasons in the major leagues, with a total of five organisations. In 1090 career games and 3510 plate appearances, Punto has hit .248/.325/.3...

Nick Punto Goes To Oakland And No One Cares… Or Should They

Billy, Billy, Billy, you slyest of dogs, you smuggler of young girl`s hearts, you captain of our ship. Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland A`s has once again gone incognito, and purchased another piece of an intricate plan he and the Oaktown boys are trying to piece together. No, Billy doesn’t have an overweight assistant that forces him to watch underground minor league footage...

What Does The Nick Punto Signing Mean For The A’s Infield?

The Oakland A’s signed versatile infielder Nick Punto to a one-year, $2.75M deal on Wednesday. The contract will run through 2014 and includes a vesting option for 2015. Punto, 36, spent the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing a role on manager Don Mattingly‘s bench and filling in for frequently-injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez on a number of occasions. In 116...

Punto agrees to 1-year deal with A's

Infielder Nick Punto has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics following a little more than a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Punto's deal, announced Wednesday, includes an option for 2015 that could become guaranteed. The 36-year-old was acquired by the Dodgers from Boston on Aug. 25, 2012, as part of the nine-player trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl...

Nick Punto signs with Oakland A's

I am sad about this one. Shredder, the Little Pony, Danny DeVito... Nick Punto. He was grit personified and, aside from one catastrophic blunder in the most important game of the season, he was a reliable utility man for the Dodgers. But his time in LA has come to an end. Jon Morosi is reporting that Punto has signed with A's in the most straight forward...

Oakland's signing of Nick Punto is very shrewd

When I saw that the A's had signed Nick Punto to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, with a vesting option for 2015 at the same amount, it caught me off guard. I didn't even consider Oakland as a possibility for Punto. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. In 335 plate appearances with the Dodgers last year, Punto hit .255/.328/.327 - nothing to write home...

A Brief Thought on Nick Punto and Relief Pitchers

A couple of days ago, the Oakland A’s signed Nick Punto to a one year contract that will pay him $2.75 million in 2014 and then either pay him $250,000 to go away or an additional $2.75 million in 2015, so the deal is either $3 million for one year or $5.5 million for two. The A’s are not looking at Punto as a regular player, as they already have Jed Lowrie, Eric Sogard, and...

Nick Punto signs with A’s; What it means for the team

The A’s have seemingly wasted no time in adding to their roster as they ramp up for the 2014 season, signing utility infielder Nick Punto on Wednesday to add to their teeming stockpile of utility infielders. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle is saying he’ll make $3 million next season with an option for 2015. More from her: “Nick plays everywhere and plays everywhere well,...

Transaction Analysis: A's Sign Nick Punto

The Oakland A's front office wasn't content to stand-pat after winning the AL West in 2012, and they are likely to be busy again after a second-straight division title. The A's kicked off their off-season roster construction with the addition of major league veteran Nick Punto, who signed a free agent contract with the club.

A’s sign Nick Punto

Nick Punto has agreed to a one-year deal with the A’s, according to Jane Lee of Lee reports that the contract also includes an option for 2015, so the 36-year-old might stick around in Oakland for a couple seasons. Punto has played for four teams in the past four seasons, hitting .247 with a .658 OPS in 354 games over that span. Good plate discipline keeps him from being...

Oakland A’s Offseason Notes: Nick Punto, Jed Lowrie & Possible Signings / Trades

So far the big news out the A’s offseason has been the signing of versatile veteran infielder Nick Punto. Note the keyword there being “versatile.” Billy Beane’s newest market inefficiency over the past few seasons has been targeting players that have the ability to step into multiple roles to help the A’s. All you have to do is look at the 2013 roster to know that is true...

Oakland A’s sign Nick Punto

Nick Punto has agreed to a one-year deal with the A’s, according to Jane Lee of Punto has played for four teams in the past four seasons, hitting .247 with a .658 OPS in 354 games over that span. He batted .255 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 116 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. He started 33 games at shortstop, 21 at second base and 17 at third base....

A’s sign Nick Punto to one-year deal

getty images The Oakland Athletics have signed Nick Punto to a one-year contract. Punto will earn $3 million during the 2014 season with the A’s and the contract has a vesting option worth $2.75 million for the 2015 season with a $250,000 buyout. While Punto’s bat has never been strong, he hit .255/.328/.327 with two home runs and 21 RBI over 335 at-bats last season, he offers...

Dodgers lose Punto, Mattingly & Kasten talk extension, Brian Wilson wants closer money

The Dodgers lost utilityman Nick Punto to the Athletics yesterday for $3 million, which made me wonder why they didn’t keep him around. The Dodgers will miss Nick Punto in the clubhouse as well as on the bench, but to keep him, they wouldn’t guarantee the $3 million he got from Oakland on Wednesday, doubling his 2013 salary. The new in-house backup to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop...

A’s Sign Nick Punto to 1-Year Deal


A’s Won’t Trade Jed Lowrie Who Was Atop Mets’ Wish List

If you thought when the Oakland A’s signed veteran infielder Nick Punto to a one-year deal that it would open the door for them to  trade shortstop Jed Lowrie, think again. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Lowrie, who was atop the Mets’ wish list of potentially available shortstops, is staying put and not going anywhere. A’s assistant GM David Forst said in...
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