Nick Punto to sit out 2015 season, may return in 2016

Veteran infielder Nick Punto signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that included an invite to spring training back in early January, not long after being released by the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics needed to clear a roster space after aquirng pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the San Diego Padres in a trade for catcher Derek Norris.

However, Punto has now informed the D-Back’s new manager Chip Hale that he will not be reporting to camp or playing at any point this season. He’s also maintained that his decision to sit out the 2015 season does not mean that he is retiring either, according to Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona.

Punto told Hale that he just wants to spend more time with his family. He will now be able to do that and he won’t be doing so unpaid. The A’s released him after an option for 2015 in his contract with the club had already vested. The A’s will be paying Punto $2.75 million for the 2015 season.

For more on this story and the Arizona Diamondback’s infield plans for 2015 use the link below to go to Baseball Hot Corner:

Nick Punto tells D-Backs: Not retiring, but not playing either

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