Thursday, February 18, 2016

Nick Punto, Centerpiece Of Sox Blockbuster, To Retire

Josh, AGon, Punto
Former Red Sox infielder Nick Punto is set to retire from major league baseball after a 14-year career. In addition to Boston, the 38-year old played for the Twinkies, Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals and A's. Of course, he was the centerpiece of The Great Nick Punto Deal of 2012—which also sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers. In his 65 games wearing Carmine Hose, Punto hit a robust .200, with a lone HR and 10 whole RBIs. In 2006, Punto hit an uncharacteristic .290 with the Twins—but will always be remembered more for his solid defense. Last February, Punto backed out of a deal with the D'Backs in order to "spend more time with his family." While we have continually made fun of Punto's time here—and his 'pivotal' role in the 2012 trade—he wasn't a bad guy during his stay in Boston. We wish him the best of luck.