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Boston Red Sox Could Start Nick Punto At Shortstop, Lead Shredder

I was a little disappointed when the St. Louis Cardinals opted to resign Skip Schumaker over sticking with Nick Punto as their top utility infielder, but as it turns out it looks like the Boston Red Sox needed him more than we did: In the wake of the Marco Scutaro trade they're left with Punto, former Royal Mike Aviles, and light-hitting prospect Jose Iglesias, which makes me wonder why they traded Jed Lowrie to the Astros for a relief pitcher in the first place.

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Punto and Aviles isn't a terrible look—it's better than the Cardinals' opening salvo in 2011, which was Ryan Theriot and an injured Nick Punto—but sending him to Colorado for Clayton Mortensen an oddly penny-pinching move for a team that's supposedly freeing up money to sign noted non-shortstop Roy Oswalt.

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One thing, while I'm at it, for Red Sox fans who apparently never paid any attention to the Minnesota Twins: Don't expect that .388 OBP to happen again. I mean, he's a fantastic hitter and all, but the guy's 34.

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