The Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Nick Punto to a two-year deal worth "about" $3.5 million, according to a tweet from CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman.
Punto, 34 years old, spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 63 games, he batted .278 with one home run and 20 RBI. He spent the previous seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins, batting a career-high .290 in 2006. The switch hitter is known for his glove and can play shortstop, second base or third base.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie, opening up the need for a utility infielder. Lowrie was dealt to Houston in exchange for closer Mark Melancon. The addition of Melancon gives Boston a potential replacement for Jonathan Papelbon. In 74.1 innings last season, Melancon had 20 saves and a 2.78 ERA.