D-backs agree to terms with Putz

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, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - The Arizona Diamondbacks completed a busy day of action on Monday, as they bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of right-handed reliever J.J. Putz.

Arizona and Putz have agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, pending a physical.

The 32-year-old Putz spent last season with the Chicago White Sox and was 7-5 with a 2.83 ERA. He had missed most of the 2009 campaign with the New York Mets because of a bone spur in this right elbow

Putz could assume the closer's role for a Diamondbacks team that ranked last in the majors a year ago with a bullpen ERA of 5.74. Their 24 blown saves were also third most in the league.

Putz's first six years of MLB service came with the Mariners where he was the team's full-time closer from 2006-08. He saved 91 games over that span and has 106 career saves with a 3.19 ERA and 30-24 record in 397 career appearances with Seattle, New York and Chicago.

Putz' signing is just the latest in a string of moves for Arizona, which dealt slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds to Baltimore, then signed third baseman Melvin Mora.


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