The Twins have claimed former Ray and A Sam Fuld, who is known for his hustle. He’s a guy that really get’s after it, and battles his tail off out there. He’s gritty, is all heart and would be Nick Punto, if Nick Punto was an outfielder. Fuld even won something called the Heart and Hustle Award. Twins assistant GM describes Fuld as “a gamer, a guy who comes to play every day.”
Oh but wait, there’s more. Punto is 5’9, while Fuld is 5’10. They are both grads of California schools. Niether has ever hit more than 4 home runs in a season. They have OPS+ of 76 and 80 respectively. Punto got more playing time because he played for a team that didn’t understand the negative value he added to the team, while Fuld missed time simply because he spent a good deal of his career with a smart team, the Rays. Also, Fuld is flashy in the outfield, but isn’t necessarily a great fielder.
The thing the Twins were definitely missing from their great runs in the mid 2000s compared to now is Nick Punto. Mazel Tov on adding him again.