Feb 20, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT
He hasn’t officially retired yet.
Jan 7, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT
Oakland cut Punto despite owing him $2.75 million for 2015.
Dec 19, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT
He’s owed $2.75 million for 2015.
Oct 1, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT
Punto hit just .207 with two homers and a .589 OPS in 73 games.
Sep 29, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT
Craig had a season unlike any other first baseman or corner outfielder in 70 years.
Sep 29, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
For a few years there, I saw it as my personal mission to the spread the gospel of Ron Gardenhire.
Sep 9, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT
Surely this will turn things around for the free-falling A’s.
Aug 25, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT
Depth has been a major key to the A’s success this year, and it’s going to play a huge factor over the final five weeks of the regular season.
Aug 3, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
The Athletics called up first baseman Nate Freiman from Triple-A to take the roster spot of the injured Nick Punto.
Aug 2, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT
Nick Punto strained his right hamstring running the bases on Saturday afternoon and will go on the disabled list as a result.
May 29, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT
Rubby De La Rosa will take Clay Buchholz’s place in the Red Sox starting rotation.
Mar 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: Is there life without Jarrod Parker? The A’s rotation has been a strength over…
Mar 3, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT
What else could it be? Clayton Kershaw walked three batters in the third and gave up five runs Monday against the A’s. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto, of all people, did the damage against him. Last week, he allowed three runs and five hits in two innings against the Diamondbacks, so after two spring outings,…
Feb 7, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT
Completing the next step in his attempt to revive his Major League career, reliever Ryan Madson threw some baseballs in an open audition for about 15 teams today in Phoenix, Arizona. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, the 33-year-old right-hander was able to get his fastball up to 93 MPH, which impressed the representatives of some…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 2, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT
Willie Bloomquist, who played for the Mariners from 2002-2008, is close to returning to Seattle, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Bloomquist has hit over .300 in each of the past two seasons as a part-timer for the Diamondbacks, but he totaled zero homers and a modest .725 OPS in 128 games. Defensive versatility makes…
Nov 19, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
Yesterday the Reds signed Skip Schumaker to a two-year contract and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com passes along the monetary details: He’ll get $5 million. Nick Punto‘s deal with the A’s pays him $3 million, with a $2.75 million option for 2015, so it appears as though the going rate for a veteran utility man…
Nov 14, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT
Well, the headline kind of says it all, but: #Rangers have agreed to terms with INF Adam Rosales on a 2014 big league contract worth $750,000. He had been arb eligible. — Richard Durrett (@espn_durrett) November 14, 2013 I’d like to think that this represents some stability in Rosales’ life after a year in…
Nov 14, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT
A day after Nick Punto signed with the A’s, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Jamey Carroll is drawing “significant interest” on the free agent market. Guess it’s good to be a gamer/utility guy. Carroll hit .211/.267/.251 last year between the Twins and Royals and he’s 39, so the definition of “significant”…
Nov 13, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT
Nick Punto has agreed to a one-year deal with the A’s, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Lee reports that the contract also includes an option for 2015, so the 36-year-old might stick around in Oakland for a couple seasons. Punto has played for four teams in the past four seasons, hitting .247 with a…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…
Oct 18, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT
In the words of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, shortstop Hanley Ramirez is “worse today”, tweets Jayson Stark. Ramirez has been playing with a cracked rib caused by a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball in the first inning of the first game of the NLCS. Ramirez has just two hits (both singles) in 16 trips to…
Oct 18, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT
Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford 2B Mark Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez RF Yasiel Puig CF Andre Ethier 3B Juan Uribe C A.J. Ellis SS Nick Punto SP Clayton Kershaw Hanley Ramirez has tried to play through a cracked rib, but was in obvious pain and is now out of the Dodgers’ lineup. Nick Punto is starting…
Oct 16, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT
Adrian Gonzalez has averaged a homer every 25.1 at-bats in his year and a quarter with the Dodgers. In Wednesday’s Game 5 victory, he hit his second and third in 35 postseason at-bats. Carl Crawford hit a total of six homers in 435 at-bats in his first year with the Dodgers. On Wednesday, he hit…
Oct 15, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had no major issues with his cracked rib in Monday evening’s NLCS Game 4 victory over the Cardinals, but he looked like a different person in NLCS Game 4. Ramirez struck out in all three of his at-bats Tuesday before getting yanked prior to the top of the seventh inning. Hanley…
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