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Nick Punto's seven-year term with the Twins ended Friday with the team paying him a buyout fee and the infielder joining the St. Full Story
app

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 21, 2011
Dang. I'm gonna miss Nicky....
Edge

Duluth, MN

#2 Jan 21, 2011
Thank you and good riddance.
Jonboy

Duluth, MN

#3 Jan 21, 2011
Gardy is sure going to be lonely now.
Pete

Tower, MN

#4 Jan 22, 2011
The monkey is off the Twins back now that LNP is gone. Thank goodness Gardy couldn't squelch the buy out this time. The Twins will be a better team without him.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#5 Jan 22, 2011
St. Louis will possibly contend for a play-off spot in 2011. The team has a rich baseball history. Punto could have done a lot worse for himself.

The Twins, however, don't need Punto. They have infielders coming up in Plouffe and Hughes and two with more major league experience in Casilla and Tolbert. Punto was a light hitter and not likely to improve. The Twins won't lose anything at the plate. No one, however, plays third base as well as Punto, but it isn't worth 5 million to keep a backup third baseman on the 25-man roster with an already extremely light hitting bench aside from Thome.

It is sad, however, that a long time Twin and something of a fixture of the team has to depart. Punto has been part of the Twins for a long time. He is a hustling ballplayer and clearly enjoyed playing for the Twins.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#6 Jan 22, 2011
According to another blurb, Punto signed for 750 thousand with the Cardinals--quite a pay cut. For that money, perhaps the Twins could have considered bringing him back. It may be that the Twins were genuinely uninterested. Punto would have been the best glove to have available if Casilla falters.
Edge

Duluth, MN

#7 Jan 22, 2011
brachiosaurus wrote:
According to another blurb, Punto signed for 750 thousand with the Cardinals--quite a pay cut. For that money, perhaps the Twins could have considered bringing him back. It may be that the Twins were genuinely uninterested. Punto would have been the best glove to have available if Casilla falters.
Bite your tongue. Every time he sled into first to impress gardy he would miss 20-30 games with a strained back, hip, shoulder, etc. For that he was getting 5 mil$? Good bye nicky, don't let the door ......
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#8 Jan 22, 2011
Punto will be missed as a very effective utility INF a great glove at all INF positions. Twins fans were hard on him because he was pressed into starting roles and he couldn't hit well enough for those expectations. If we could have signed him for less than $1 million for that role the Twins should hae done that - Casilla is not nearly as good
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#9 Jan 22, 2011
TC Florida wrote:
Punto will be missed as a very effective utility INF a great glove at all INF positions. Twins fans were hard on him because he was pressed into starting roles and he couldn't hit well enough for those expectations. If we could have signed him for less than $1 million for that role the Twins should hae done that - Casilla is not nearly as good
We've probably seen the best that Punto can do. His top glove and great hustle will be missed, but we may have yet to see Casilla's best. Casilla can run, move and throw. He can hit line drives into the gaps and down the lines. He's still young and is still learning how to use his talent. Casilla's trouble is in his mental game. The guy doesn't seem to have the focus and awareness necessary to be a successful major league player. On the bright side, it's the only position (either short or 2nd), though a crucial one, where there's a question. The Twins should be in good shape at every other position, especially if Span can revert to his 2009 form and Nishioka pans out. If Casilla hits decently with runners on and doesn't butcher things in the field, the Twins can absorb him as they often did Punto's bat when Punto would go into his prolonged slumps.
Adonis

Dallas, TX

#11 Jan 25, 2011
Punt will be available after he gets sent to the minors in May. If he is needed he will be back.

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