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D-backs release former closer Putz

D-backs release former closer Putz

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs officially released reliever J.J. Putz on Saturday after the veteran cleared waivers.

Putz was designated for assignment by the D-backs on June 20, which allowed them up to 10 days to trade, release or outright him.

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"I would like to keep pitching," said Putz at the time, adding that he was "probably not" willing to go down to the Minor Leagues.

Putz was the D-backs' closer for 2011-12 and half of 2013 before being limited by injuries. Off the field, he was a leader in the clubhouse.

"I've been on plenty of different teams, but the group of guys in that clubhouse are a special group and not being able to see those guys everyday is going to be the hardest part," Putz said. "They're just quality, character guys."

The D-backs are on the hook for the roughly $3.5 million left on Putz's contract this year. If another team signs him, they will only have to pay the prorated portion of the $500,000 minimum salary.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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