Dec
10

Davidoff: Yanks working to sign Nick Punto

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Hardly big news by any standard, but Ken Davidoff drops in a note that the Yanks and Nick Punto are working on a deal. The Yanks have to replace Wilson Betemit somehow, and I guess Punto fits the bill. The defensive whiz and former Twin just turned 31 in November and has a career line of .252/.319/.332. He had his best season last year as he managed a 99 OPS+ in limited playing. Punto would clearly be around as a defensive replacement and not for his pop off the bench.

RAB Note: As you read this, I’m taking my first law school exam. If major New York news breaks between 10 a.m. and noon eastern time, look for the Las Vegas contingent to have the early word, but be mindful of the time difference. We’ll get stories up as fast as we can.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • Brett

    As someone who wants to go to law school when I graduate I can simply say good luck

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Don’t you say that. Don’t you ever say that. Stay here. Stay here as long as you can. For the love of God, cherish it. You have to cherish it.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Have some more sloppy joes. I made ‘em extra sloppy for yous. I know how yous kids like ‘em sloppy.

    • RustyJohn

      Some advice for aspiring lawyers- don’t do it.

  • Matthew

    Punto is good defensive infield insurance, can give Jeter/ARod/Cano days off, not a bad signing.

    Good luck on your law exam dude…

  • Frank

    Good luck, Ben.

  • Dylan

    Good luck on the exam!!

  • mustang

    Good luck, Dude.
    One step at time.

    • mustang

      One step at a time

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ben’s unavailable for a few hours, guys. Stop committing crimes until he’s free.

  • UWS

    Good luck on the exam, Ben.

  • MrJigginz

    First and foremost,good luck on the exam…Now,as for Punto?Solid glove guy.Good role player.As long as they don’t go crazy with the dollars,it should be a good move.

  • jsbrendog

    may MO guide your answers on your exam my friend

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Mo it is written, Mo it shall be done.
      Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna in the highest.

      • jsbrendog

        there’s that ridiculous upside coming through. i saw it with my own eyes.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          “i saw it with my own eyes” is fast becoming one of my favorite lines.

          Well done.

          • jsbrendog

            thank you sir

  • A.D.

    Punto > Cano last year

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Cano this coming year >>>>> Cano last year

  • DonnieBaseballHallofFame aka they guy who has well documented history of belligerent thickheadedness and anti-intellectual character assassinations

    YES! Might we have a bench for the first time in about 4 years? SWEET! Bullpen should be nice. Starting pitching with a couple more moves that I am hoping is Sheets for two and Pettitte for one and not Lowe for 4 and / or AJ for 5.

    If Cano can get it thru his thick skull that he needs to bust his ass and use his head ALL the time and not just one at bat per game and a few plays in the field we might have a team that could do damage. Also Damon and Matsui on walk years I am hoping for somewhat career average numbers if possible please.

    Derek should be healthy.

    I hope Alex the Purple Lipped Princess has got his mind correct and is mentally healthy.

    But CASHMAN PLEASE SIGN MANNY! Give him one year 35 mill.

    • jsbrendog

      manny wouldn’t take a 1 yr deal even if it was for 35. boras would say he can get him more.

    • UWS

      You may get your wish re: Manny. From MLBTR:

      9:59am: Jon Heyman talked to people close to Hank Steinbrenner who say he wants Manny. Heyman says the Yanks are mulling a run at the slugger

      • Ivan

        I’ll be surprise if Manny is a yank.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You know, this may be the pot calling the kettle black, but “Alex the Purple Lipped Princess” get’s less funny and less funny every time you say it.

      I’m with you on Manny, though. I love the CC addition, but we need one of the big three bats (Tex, Manny, or Dunn) before this offseason is complete.

      • jsbrendog

        what if the pot is green and he calls the kettle black? is he then nothing mroe than a dirty rascist?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Heh, speaking of racism, I was chatting with Joe and I told him that he and Mike should start wandering around the hotel spreading rumors that A.J. Burnett reinjured his shoulder during his last start in September and that his agent has been keeping it under wraps, and that Derek Lowe is a crazy, maniacal Ty Cobb-ian racist who hates Dominicans and would likely stab Cano and ARod if he were in the same clubhouse with them.

          We’ve got to get a COINTELPRO style campaign of counterintelligence going to try and undermine these potentially disastrous signings from happening.

          • jsbrendog

            genius haha

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Bonus points for knowing what COINTELPRO is.

          • ceciguante

            i know ur joking, but just know that if joe and mike actually spread such rumors, they’d get sued so fast for defamation and tortious interference their heads would spin. you can’t go spreading financially harmful rumors like that, unless you like getting sued.

  • 34hughes

    we dont need manny

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Do you intentionally go into every post you write trying to be as brief and non-explanatory as possible? Are we just supposed to read your mind as to why we don’t need Manny?

    • UWS

      Dude, you might want to change your name: Hughes went back to his old number.

  • MOOSE

    BEN,

    DON’T FORGET TO SPOT ALL THE ISSUES AND APPLY THE “IRAC” METHOD TO YOUR ESSAYS….AHHHH!!!!!

    Haha, ahhh law school, those were the days. Enjoy it my friend, it only gets harder after that.

  • RCK

    But what is his wOBA?

    Hope the exam goes well, Ben.

  • jsbrendog

    opt out clause after 3 years for cc? wtf

    • jsbrendog

      this might expain a lowe or burnett signing as “insurance ” if he did opt out isuppose

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Well fuck me running.

    • Matt M

      i guess we’ll just have to hope that we win a WS within those three years so that CC becomes a “true yankee” and decides to stay

  • Nady Nation

    Wow, an opt out for CC after 3 years. Hopefully we don’t have another A-Rod situation on our hands

    • radnom

      Is it confirmed?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Wow, an opt out for CC after 3 years. Hopefully we don’t have another A-Rod situation on our hands

      Yeah, that totally sucked when ARod opted out and went and signed with the Angels…

      Wait a minute. No, that’s wrong. My bad.

  • UWS

    The opt-out is actually not that bad. Think about it: he does great and wants to leave after 3 years. At that point, the next crop of young pitchers is kicking the doors down. Yankees happily bid CC goodbye after thanking him for his great service and 2 WS rings. Everyone moves on.

    /puts down crack pipe

  • Old Ranger

    Ben…
    We all know you will ace it…but good luck anyhow.27/09.

    Radnom…I think that was the longest post you have ever done, Good show. 27/09.

  • Steve

    Good luck Ben-I just the GRE’s yesterday and have been partying ever since.

  • sabernar

    Is Punto really any better than Ransom? No one expects Ransom to put up a 170 OPS+ like he did last year, but he plays all the IF positions, plus he’s cheap (and about the same age as Punto). Punto has a career OPS+ of 74. 74!!! That’s horrible no matter how good a fielder he is. He’s really not that good of a player. I would rather have seen them sign Loretta than Punto.

    • Steve

      What are you talking about? They wanted a defensive IF player to go “along” with Ransom.

      Lorretta is old, hits about as well about Punto now, and is no where close to the defensive player he is.

  • Brian

    First exam ever?

    Good luck with that. The first one is always a bitch.

    After that you start to get lazy.

  • SF Yanks

    Can someone explain to me exactly why the opt-out clause is a bad deal? Say C.C can’t handle the pressure and pitches poorly for three years, CC would want out and we wouldn’t want him here so its a win-win. If he does good, more than likely he’ll want to stay. I’m failing to see the downside to this. In fact, I think every contract should include an opt-out after every single year. Kidding aside, I’m obviously missing a huge chunk of logic to this. What’s the deal?

  • RobC

    Considering defense and range factor
    what do we like more
    Jeter at SS and Swisher at 1B
    or
    Punto at SS and Jeter at 1B

    of course the unknow is Jeter at first but one would think he would be well above avg.

    My son would love this. He was born in northeast PA when S/WB was a Philies team and Punto was his favorite. My son became a Yankees fan and converted me from the Phillies.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Considering only defense and range factor, the former. But considering the fact that your infield offense would then, for lack of a better phrase, suck balls, the latter.

  • jsbrendog

    wtf? haha

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    That was pretty random, radnom.

  • UWS

    WTF, dude.

  • radnom

    Just seeing what they do and don’t allow in comments.

  • UWS

    You’re lucky Ben is up to his ears in torts right now. Otherwise your ass would be BANNINATED!

  • radnom

    What do you think gave me the idea?
    Also, I’m bored.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Also, I’m bored.

    Go play with this:
    http://i208.photobucket.com/al.....n_ball.jpg