Originally posted on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 11/14/13
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 MLB.com. 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...
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