Oakland A’s Sign INF Nick Punto

National Sports

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Oakland Athletics agreed to a one-year contract with free agent infielder Nick Punto on Wednesday, with a vesting option for the 2015 season.

In 116 games this past season with the Dodgers, Punto batted .255 with two home runs and 21 RBIs. The switch hitter batted .309 against left-handed pitching compared to .228 against right-handers.

The 13-year veteran came to Los Angeles from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 25, 2012 as part of a blockbuster nine-player trade, along with starting pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

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