Found November 13, 2013 on
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The Oakland Athletics have signed Nick Punto to a one year deal to add more depth to their infield and to the batting order. Punto spent the majority of his time with the Minnesota Twins but has bounced around the last couple seasons from the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a career .248 switch hitter but he excels against left-handed pitchers which will serve the team great as Manager Bob Melvin loves to mix and match the line-ups on a daily basis.
Expect there to be more pickups and trades before the beginning of next season, but according to the assistant general manager, the team is not looking to trade shortstop Jed Lowrie. The more likely scenario would be to shop Alberto Callaspo who has severely underperformed especially for the almost 5 million dollars the team is set to pay him next year.
Josh Donaldson seems to have third base anchored down so if he can remain healthy and continue his productivity he should remain the starter. Brandon Moss, Nate Freiman, and Daric Barton will be taking turns at first base depending on the opposing pitcher and play early in the season. Jed Lowrie and hopefully soon, top prospect Addison Russell will be taking the field at shortstop and that should be interesting to see how he develops further. Most likely Punto will win the starting position for second base sharing time with Eric Sogard and Callaspo.
Punto may be the veteran the A’s was missing last season to help raise the team to the next level. His World Series experience is something that can help mold these young players into championship caliber contenders. Plus it won’t hurt to show these kids a World Series ring to get them just a little bit more fired up.
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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...
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...
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Seemingly connected to every shortstop in baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have checked in with Oakland Athletics in regards to the availability of Jed Lowrie.
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Due for a raise in arbitration, Lowrie...
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AAA: [79-65] Pacific Coast League — Sacramento
AA: [62-78] Texas League — Midland
A+: [69-71] California League — Stockton
A: [77-62] Midwest League -- Beloit
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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...
Yesterday, Glen Miller of The Friairhood wrote about the Padres search for a left-handed bat. He suggested that we dip into the free agent pool this off-season and trade away one of our highest paid players to help clear room on the payroll. Miller’s plan is well thought out, however, I believe the Padres should take a different approach this winter, and instead should look for...
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...