JJ to AZ
JJ Putz, a Timber Rattlers starting pitcher in 2000, is heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2011..apparently.
It appears the D-backs have found their closer.
The team has agreed with free agent J.J. Putz on a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, pending a physical and a medical review.
Putz, who will be 34 in February, was 7-5 with three saves and a 2.83 ERA in 60 games for the White Sox in 2010.
D-backs GM Kevin Towers has said improving the bullpen was his main priority since taking over for Josh Byrnes in September. He would not confirm the Putz agreement, but did indicate that he should have something to announce with regards to a closer possibly as soon as Tuesday.
“I’m not going to mention anybody who is not already here,” Towers said when asked about Putz.
Putz was mainly a setup man for the White Sox last year and for the Mets in 2009.