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The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

Nick Punto

As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him.

It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have any details yet.  If it’s more than a million dollars though, it’s probably too much.  All that said, if healthy and if not overused, he’s useful.

I just don’t know that I would bet a lot of money on La Russa not overusing him.

  1. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Freaking uncanny. Nice forecast, Craig. +1

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Being a Mutts fan who lives where you do, whaen was the last time you said “nice forecast” without sarcasm oozing out of your pores?

    • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Let’s see…. The last time we had 25 inches of snow up here last week????!? Weather folks nailed
      that up here.
      Also looking for Jason Bay to be scrappy and a grind-it-out player this year.
      That, and I’ll be named King of Luxembourg in a week or two.
      Where’s that Ketel One? Argh. .

  3. AK47 - Jan 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    What I’ll miss about Punto: his regular highlight-reel defensive plays

    What I won’t miss about Punto: that sinking feeling I got every time he came to the plate during a rally

  4. spudchukar - Jan 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    The pennant is in the bag now, to bad Phillies Phans.

  5. paperlions - Jan 21, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    The Cardinals already have two (Skip and Theriot) of the 10 least valuable everyday players from last year on their roster….by comparison, Punto is a stud.

  6. jstrizzle - Jan 21, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    “Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders.”

    You accidentally put an “s” in front of crappy.

  7. Tim OShenko - Jan 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    …wait that just happened? I was joking earlier!

  8. shlomo1977 - Jan 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    La Russa’s present scrapper’s probably aren’t as scrappy as his 1988 middle infield back in Oakland, comprised of two modern day Eddie Gaedel’s in Mike Gallego and Glenn Hubbard, with Walt Weiss being the towering force at SS. Gallego and Hubbard were what….5’2″….ya, in heels.

    If only Gallego & Hubbard had met Canseco in high school. They could have had an HGH-induced growth spurt to 5’7″ and might’ve hit 300 HR’s in the bigs.

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