Originally written October 20, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Arizona Diamondbacks were rather busy Saturday, acquiring two new players and re-signing a third in just a few hours' time. First, the D-backs exercised a $6.5 million option to keep closer J.J. Putz on the team for the 2013 season. Putz saved 32 games in 37 opportunities this season with a 2.82 ERA. After a slow start in which Putz had ERAs of 4.70 and 7.71 in April and May, he turned the corner in June with a 2.25 ERA and did not allow a run in July or August. Then, a few hours later after exercising the option on Putz, Arizona acquired veteran reliever Heath Bell in a trade with the Miami Marlins, as well as infielder Cliff Pennington from Oakland. Bell, 35, has been one of the most prolific save specialists in the majors the last four seasons, averaging 37.75 saves in each of those seasons for a total of 151 over that time period. Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins prior to last season, but lost his closer's job in July, ending th...
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