OAKLAND -- In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A's released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.
The A's also announced Friday that Minor League outfielder Shane Peterson was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, following six seasons in Oakland's system. He was originally acquired by the A's in the trade that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis and appeared in just two games with Oakland, both in 2013.
Punto's $2.75 million option for 2015 vested at season's end, leaving the A's on the hook for all of it. He hit just .207 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 73 games for them this past season, his first with Oakland and 14th of his career, but he provided a great clubhouse presence and was expected to spend 2015 in a platoon with Eric Sogard.
Punto will be entering his age-37 season and has stated before he'd like to play another season or two before retiring.
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