Nick Punto

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Nicholas Paul Punto

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Nick Punto was the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Italian national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Punto became a sidenote in a one the biggest trades in baseball history on August 25, 2012, when the Boston Red Sox sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with three of the highest-paid players in the game: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, P Josh Beckett and OF Carl Crawford were due a combined $260 million in salary, while Punto's was making a utility infielder's wages at the time. He spent the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013 with the Dodgers before signing a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics on November 13, 2013.

Punto spent the [[2014 Athletics|2014] season with the Athletics, hitting .207 in 73 games as a back-up infielder. He was slowed down by a hamstring injury and went 0 for 2 in the Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Royals. The A's released him on December 19, 2014 in order to make room on their roster following a number of trades.

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