The D-backs have agreed to a one-year contract extension with J.J. Putz, keeping the closer in Arizona through the 2014 season. "J.J. has provided much-needed leadership and stability for our bullpen the last two years," general manager Kevin Towers said on Monday. "He has been an integral piece and helped set the foundation for our bullpen's turnaround, so we are excited to have him in place the next two seasons." "I'm very happy to be a member of the great D-backs organization and family though 2014," said Putz. "It's special to be with my family year-round, so we're all really excited."More
Putz, 35, posted a 2.82 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 2012. The former All-Star notched 19 straight saves from May 26-Aug. 31 on his way to 32 on the season. Putz led an Arizona bullpen that posted a franchise-record 3.24 ERA last year. The Michigan native has played a decade in the bigs since being selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career 33-31 record with a 3.04 ERA and 183 saves for the Mariners (2003-08), Mets (2009), White Sox (2010) and D-backs (2011-12). Putz enters 2013 with the opportunity to become the 45th pitcher in Major League history to record 200 saves, and the first to reach 100 saves for the D-backs.
Gary Cotton is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less