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Rotowire: Feb 20 / 12:25p ET
News: Punto will not be at Diamondbacks camp and won't play this season, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.
Impact: While Punto hasn't retired, the fact that he won't play this season could eventually lead to a decision to retire. He is now 36 years of age and coming off the worst season of his career, batting .207/.296/.589 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 73 games. The utility infielder debuted in the majors in 2001, and appears to be nearing the end of his rope.
Rotowire: Jan 7 / 10:03a ET
News: Punto agreed to terms on a contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: The details of Punto's contract are unclear at this point, but it appears he will head to Arizona to play in the desert. The 37-year-old figures to face an uphill battle for a roster spot with the D-backs, who have depth at his main position (second base) with Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington. Punto will look for a strong spring training for an opportunity to nab a bench spot in the infield, but there's no guarantee he will be on the roster out of spring training.
StatsLLC: Jan 7 / 12:00a ET
News: Punto has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training.
Impact: 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, Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland.