Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Nick Punto's first choice was to re-sign with the Twins, and beyond that, he wanted to make sure he ended up with a contender.
When it became clear this week that the Twins were moving on, Punto struck quickly, signing a one-year, $750,000 deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals made the announcement today, with a quick reference for how to pronounce Punto's name (Poon-toh).
The Twins declined Punto's $5 million option, paying him a $500,000 buyout.
Punto, 33, batted .248 with a .323 on-base percentage and .324 slugging percentage over seven seasons with the Twins.
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