Punto has decided to retire, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The 38-year-old Punto didn't play in 2015 and it was essentially assumed that he'd retired. He was infamously punchless in the batter's box, but few have played a better second base in recent memory.
The Diamondbacks signed Nick Punto in early January, but it doesn't look like the 38-year-old infielder will be suiting up for the team in the near future. Punto is not in camp with the D-Backs and not expected. Fox Sports Arizona's Jody Jackson spoke to manager Chip Hale about Punto's status. Hale said that Punto isn't offiically retired, but he is "shutting it down" for this season. Punto was released by the Athletics after hitting .207 with two home runs and 14 RBI last season.
The Athletics will release infielder Nick Punto, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. Punto hit .207/.296/.293 with two home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 198 at-bats while spending most of his playing time at second base and shortstop in 2014.
Athletics infielder Nick Punto said Wednesday that his club option, which was dependent on non-DL days on the active roster, vested, putting him back with the team in 2015, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Punto will make $2.75 million in 2015 according to the terms of the contract he signed last offseason. He hit .207/.296/.293 with two home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 198 at-bats while spending most of his playing time at second base and shortstop.
Athletics infielder Nick Punto was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, after overcoming a hamstring injury. He has been out more than a month, but is expected to be available moving forward.