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When the St. Louis Cardinals made their unexpected surprise run to their 11th World Series Championship last season, they had a surprise face playing second base. For most of September and the entire post-season, defensive minded, switch-hitting Nick Punto played second base for the Cardinals. As of Wednesday afternoon, Punto officially will not be playing for the Cardinals at all in 2012.
Punto, who hit .278 with one home run and 20 RBI's for the Cardinals in 2011, signed a two year, $3 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
While the Cardinals have done well to shore up the middle infield by resigning Rafael Furcal and Skip Schumaker, losing Punto to free agency is a huge blow. Here are three reasons why.
1. Punto provides maximum versatility as a bench player.
It is very unlikely, had the Cardinals retained Punto, that he would be an everyday player for the Cardinals in 2012. But, the slick fielding infielder gives his new team the epitome of versati...
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It's been a busy day for Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington his staff on Yawkey Way in Boston.
Shortly after acquiring Mark Melancon from the Houston Astros for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland, Cherington dipped his feet into the free agent pool by signing Nick Punto to a two-year contract.
The contract is worth $3 million for two-years and according to Alex Speier...
The Boston Red Sox have attempted to bolster their bullpen and bench, trading for pitcher Mark Melancon and signing infielder Nick Punto.
And if they add some guys who can pull together their fractured clubhouse, that's OK, too.
The Red Sox traded for Melancon, the former Astros reliever, and signed former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Punto as a free agent. General manager...
The Boston Red Sox signed free agent infielder Nick Punto to a two-year deal worth $3 million on Wednesday.
Punto, 34, essentially takes the place of Jed Lowrie, who was shipped to the Houston Astros earlier in the day.
An 11-year veteran, Punto batted .278 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 133 at-bats with the St. Louis Cardinals last season. Punto has played 250 or more games at...
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was apparently pretty busy on Wednesday. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have come to terms on a two-year deal with utility infielder Nick Punto. The signing comes on the heels of the team's acquisition earlier in the day for Houston reliever Mark Melancon in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland. The 34-year-old...
At first blush, it seems the Red Sox agreed to terms yesterday with veteran infielder Nick Punto simply to replace...
The Boston Red Sox signed infielder Nick Punto to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Newly acquired RP Mark Melancon
The Boston Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for relief pitcher Mark Melancon. Melancon, 26, posted a 2.78 ERA (3.25 FIP) while recording 20 saves (80% success rate) in 74.1 innings.
Jed Lowrie had fallen out of favor with the front office with his ‘soft’ mentality and propensity for injury. Lowrie averaged just 58...
It didn't take long for the Boston Red Sox to replace Jed Lowrie as their utility infielder, signing free agent Nick Punto to a two-year, $3 million deal on Thursday, according to CBSSports.com.
It didn't take long for the Boston Red Sox to replace Jed Lowrie as their utility infielder, signing free agent Nick Punto.