nick punto agrees to deal with #diamondbacks— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 7, 2015
The 37-year old Punto was most recently seen with the Athletics in 2014. During his 14-year career he has also made stops with the Phillies, Twins, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Dodgers. In 73 games with Oakland last year, Punto hit .207/.293/.293 with 2 Home Runs.
The terms of the deal are unknown as of writing, so it remains to be seen if Punto is on a Major or Minor league deal or what the years/cost is. It can be assumed that Punto will be taking a backup infield role in some capacity on the 2015 Diamondbacks.
Punto is possibly most famous for a predilection for sliding into First Base headfirst at any given opportunity. This also gives me an excuse to link to one of my favorite non-Snakepit SBN Baseball articles ever from our Twins blog: An Oral History of Nick Punto Sliding Headfirst into First Base.
We will have more details on this as they arise.
The deal is a minor league one with a Spring Training invite.
Dbacks have agreed to terms with infielder Nick Punto on a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) January 7, 2015