The Los Angeles Dodgers got four very good baseball players from Boston last year. Of course, bean-town fans try to spin it differently. The Red Sox traded away Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and that other guy, what’s his name?
When the Twins let Punto go in 2010, the MinnPost ran this headline: “Letting Nick Punto Depart is Ultimately a Bad Move for the Twins”. The article comes to the conclusion that Punto is “an elite glove”.
A utility man is good to have – just like when your cable is out, and you need him right away. Punto is that infielder who you can stick in the game to save runs, and that’s what he does. When called on, he comes in and fixes the defensive problems.
This Spring, Punto is playing well. In seven games, he has a .385 BA, .500 OBP, .462 SLG, .962 OPS, and two RBIs.
To have a strong bench, you need offense and defense. Punto is a defensive player who gives the Dodgers a solid glove that can be counted on in late inning situations.
He is not the player to be named later. He’s the guy you want on the field when the game is on the line.