PHOENIX (AP) — Infielder Nick Punto has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training.

Arizona announced the deal Wednesday.

If the Diamondbacks add Punto to their 40-man roster, they will only have to pay him the major league minimum of $507,500 — or a prorated share if he’s added after opening day. Punto is guaranteed $2.75 million from the Oakland Athletics, who released him in December.

Punto has played for six clubs in parts of 14 major league seasons. He has a career .243 batting average. Last season, he appeared in 73 games with the A’s, hitting .207.

Punto spent time with Philadelphia, Minnesota, St. Louis (Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa was his manager with Cardinals), Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland.

 

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