Posted November 13, 2013

Utility player Nick Punto signs with A’s for reported $3 million

Nick Punto was one of the majors' top utility players in 2013. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Nick Punto was one of the majors’ top utility players in 2013. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The A’s have signed Dodgers utility player Nick Punto to a one-year, $3 million deal, as first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo Sports also reports Punto could earn as much as $2.75 million more with a vesting option.

The A’s confirmed the signing via Twitter, but have not released the financials.

Punto, 36, is a 13-year veteran who has played every position except pitcher and catcher in his career. He joins an A’s roster already packed with versatile players including Alberto Callaspo, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard. The Cardinals’ Daniel Descalso and Punto were the majors’ only two players with 30-plus games at second base, shortstop and third base last season. Yahoo’s Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker ranks Punto fifth among utility players and 89th overall.

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Punto hit .255/.328/.327 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 116 games with the Dodgers last season after being traded from the Red Sox in the teams’ nine-player blockbuster on Aug. 25, 2012.


I've always said the As need to get certain guys for clubhouse chemistry like the dynasty of the 70s. Trouble is, you can't a take a part time utility man and turn him into a spark plug. He's been ruined already by never having a chance to start full time. So Oakland has to deal with that baggage as well as the fact that they need a winner like Napoli to lead the club and not a bench sub.


I thought the Twins would bring him back.  They might go after AJ and Johann.  They already signed their former shortstop Bartlett.  That's one way to try to re-create the days when the team could compete although mostly in old-timers games.