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Twins “will likely decline” $5 million option on Nick Punto

Oct 20, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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Kelly Thesier of MLB.com writes that the Twins “will likely decline” their $5 million team option on Nick Punto for 2011.

Under normal circumstances not paying $5 million for a 33-year-old utility man who hit .238/.313/.302 this season and .247/.321/.322 for his career would be a no-brainer, but these circumstances aren’t normal.

After all, Minnesota has paid him $4 million in each of the past two years and … well, I just can’t see Ron Gardenhire letting his favorite diminutive, banjo-hitting, false-hustling infielder leave the organization without a fight.

Punto’s deal includes a $500,000 buyout of the option and my guess is the Twins will try to negotiate a new deal for around $2 million or so.

  1. ThatGuy - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    They will negotiate and he will be a twin next season for far less. Nick knows no other team would give him the playing time of Gardy.

  2. kander013 - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    yuck.

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