Arizona Signs Closer J.J.Putz to Two-Year, $13.5 Million Deal

By Michael Jenkins

The Arizona Diamondbacks solidified the future of their bullpen as they inked closer J.J Putz to a two-year, $13.5 million deal on Monday. Today’s signing comes as a bit of a surprise as the colorful and popular Putz will add a year to his existing contract, one which will pay him $7 million in 2014.

April 12, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher J.J. Putz (40) throws during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The 6’5, 250 lbs. Putz could have opted for free agency at the end of the season. The D’backs exercised their team option on Putz for this season, one which will pay him $6.5 million.

The 34-year-old closer is coming off of a good year for the D’backs. He converted 32 saves out of 37 chances with a 2.82 ERA for Arizona last season and was almost untouchable after June posting a 0.84 ERA after June 23rd.

Over his career, Putz has compiled a 33-31 record with 183 saves in 514 appearances with four major league teams (Seattle, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Arizona).