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Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 10:08 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The Boston Red Sox have signed utility infielder Nick Punto to a two year contract, the club announced Wednesday night. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned the contract is worth $3 million and has up to $500,000 in incentives.

Having traded Jed Lowrie to the Astros earlier Wednesday, the Red Sox had an opening as a backup around the diamond, and Punto fills that need. Punto can play second, third or shortstop, just like Lowrie.

Punto, 34, hit .278/.388/.421 for the Cardinals last season, but that was in the small sample of just 166 plate appearances. His career on-base percentage is just .325, though, so signs point to that .388 mark being a bit out of character. Still, he has value in being able to fill in at those three positions, especially with Marco Scutaro (36) getting up there in age and Kevin Youkilis having recently battled injury woes (no more than 136 games played since 2008).

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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:12 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

You all are just hating. I got to watch Punto with the Twins and you will enjoy him on your roster. No he doesn't have a huge bat at all, but he is a super high energy guy and a defensive wizard. He makes some of the bet plays in baseball look easy. So before you judge and hate on him, please remember he is in the pros for a reason



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Barry Bonds is offended you honkies saying Ted Williams was the best ever.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Boston's savior has arrived! Time for Red Sux management to sit back and crack one open with the players.


SeanAvery4
Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:37 pm
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Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Slammin "

And Your Point Being ?  The Greatest ballplayer of them all Ted Williams never  won a World Series !


yingrootok
Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:23 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:37 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

What a living for utility garbageman Punto one of the weakest hitters of all time.  It`s part of MLB that Punto the powerless has a World Series ring and Ernie Banks doesn`t.   



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:20 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Punto is Mr. Ordinary Utility Guy ... what I found amusing is that this sort of player can get a $3 million contract.
I am still waiting for the price of gasoline to dip below $3 so I can believe the oil companies want me to have a nice holiday season.

Nick, enjoy your good fortune. And work very hard for those incentives.







Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:07 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

have fun watching him hit weak grounders to second, and then try to slide headfirst into first base like an idiot.


I laughed... thanks



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:45 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Punto?  LOL!  My how things have changed in Boston...


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