Sox sign Nick Punto to replace Lowrie

Sox sign Nick Punto to replace Lowrie
December 14, 2011, 8:49 pm
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BOSTON Just a few hours after shipping infielder Jed Lowrie to Houston, the Red Sox signed free agent infielder Nick Punto to a reported two-year, 3 million contract with a possible 500,000 in incentives. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was first to report the deal.

Its a good pickup for them, said a major league scout. Puntos a good defensive player. He can play around the infield. He plays hard.

Punto, who turned 34 last month, has played parts of 11 seasons for the Phillies (three seasons), Twins (seven), and last season for the Cardinals, when he hit .278 with 1 home run, 20 RBI, a .388 on-base percentage, and .421 slugging percentage over 63 games and 166 plate appearances. He played second base (45 games), shortstop (8 games), and third base (7) for the Cardinals last season. He also has 11 career games in the outfield, but none since 2008 while with Minnesota.

He is a career .249 hitter, with a .325 OBP, .327 SLG, 14 home runs, and 218 RBI.