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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: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:13 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

This Red Sox offseason isn't exactly getting me excited for the new season.



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:32 am
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Long time Twins fan, so I've seen a lot of Punto (thanks to Gardenhire and his bizarre obsession with high-energy/horrible offense players).  I think the fact that he was on a championship team is carved in stone somewhere on a ziggurat as a sign of the Mayan apocalypse.

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



DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:39 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:19 pm
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Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Well the Astros get a competant shortstop and give up a medicore arm. Welcome back to the minor leagues Lowrie.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

He doesn't suck, actually.  He's one of the last remaining true utlity players.  Plus, he's between above average and great in the field at all 3 spots he plays.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Nick Punto sucks, but he has a better stick (albeit with less pop) and a much better glove than Lowrie



Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Nick Punto signs with Red Sox

Nick Punto sucks



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