Monday- Pulling for Punto

Monday- Pulling for Punto

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Some things to read while planning out the rest of your life.

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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Former BrewCrewBall editor Kyle Lobner has produced the Frosty Mug each weekday since March 2008. That’s nearly 1500 Mugs across six years, a tenure that saw the project grow from a small daily diversion to an all-encompassing look at the Brewers universe. He brought the Mug to Milwaukee Magazine prior to the 2014 Brewers season. When Kyle's not writing about the Brewers or talking about them on the radio, you’ll often find the Appleton resident at the ballpark with his wife, Laura, or out for a walk with his dachshund, Gorman.