Nick Punto who signed a minor league deal this offseason with the Diamondbacks has informed the team that he will sit out the 2015 season according to Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona.
Punto hasn’t officially retired yet, but there is a good chance that the 37 year old veteran will hang it up. Punto wants to spend more time with his family.
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Punto signed a two year deal with the Oakland Athletics last offseason, and hit .207 with a .539 OPS as a utility man in 73 games.
Punto has played parts of 14 seasons in the big leagues, and he has earned nearly $25 million during his career despite topping a wRC+ above 100 just once.
His season came in 2006 when he had a wOBA of .322 and a wRC+ of 93 in 135 games. This shouldn’t surprise anybody.
Given his age, Punto wasn’t expected to make the Dbacks roster, and even if he did, he wouldn’t have made much of an impact.