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We are 60 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and if one Brewers writer has their way the Milwaukee Brewers will have added a veteran MLB infielder to their roster by that time. Justin Schultz of The First Out At Third wants the Brewers to pursue 14-year big leaguer Nick Punto, whom the Athletics released on Friday.
Punto recently turned 37 and has appeared in 1163 games as a member of six teams since reaching the majors in 2001, but had easily his worst season offensively in 2014. He hit just .207 with a .296 on-base percentage and .293 slugging in 73 games, causing the typically frugal Athletics to elect to cut him loose and eat his $2.75 million in remaining salary.
If healthy and effective, however, Punto would add a fair amount of flexibility to the Brewers’ bench. He’s played more than 300 games in his career at second, shortstop and third base, and has significant playing time at all three positions in recent years. He’s certainly not singlehandedly responsible for it, but four of his last six teams have reached the postseason.
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