As the Arizona Diamondbacks continue to improve their bullpen, they want to hold onto the guys who have worked. The team has worked hard to get away from the disaster that 2009 and 2010 was in their bullpen. One of the key parts of their improvement has been J.J. Putz. Now, Arizona will have him at least one year longer.
According to Gary Cotton of MLB.com, the Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year contract extension with Putz. The team has been happy with his performance and his leadership in the bullpen.
"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."
The terms of the extension were not immediately known, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later reported the value of the contract.
Putz one-year extension with #Diamondbacks is for $7 million.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2013
Putz suffered through elbow soreness in 2011, but he was able to avoid the disabled list in 2012. He posted a 2.82 ERA and 32 saves with Arizona last season. In his two years with the Diamondbacks, Putz has 77 saves and a 2.48 ERA.
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