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A’s sign Nick Punto

NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Nick Punto #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a double in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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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 .658 OPS in 354 games over that span. Good plate discipline keeps him from being a total non-factor offensively and Punto remains a standout defensive infielder into his mid-30s. Toss in switch-hitting, good speed, and a reputation for being a plus in the clubhouse and he’s an ideal utility man.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Punto will get $2.75 million for 2014 and has a $2.75 million vesting option or a $250,000 buyout for 2015, so it’s officially a one-year, $3 million deal.

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