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Diamondbacks give J.J. Putz one-year, $7 million extension

Jan 14, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

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In case anyone was thinking Arizona’s plan was to let Heath Bell set up for a year and then turn the closer’s role over to him in 2014, the Diamondbacks made it clear Monday that they intend to keep the status quo; they signed J.J. Putz to a one-year, $7 million extension for 2014, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old Putz was already under control for 2013 at $6.5 million after having his club option picked up.

Putz has turned in three straight relatively healthy seasons since missing a chunks of 2008 and ’09 with shoulder problems, though he hasn’t topped 60 innings since 2007. Still very effective, he’s 77-for-86 saving games with a 2.48 ERA in two seasons with the Diamondbacks.

The move means the Diamondbacks’ three top relievers are all signed through 2014. Bell is owed another $21 million, though the Marlins are covering $8 million of that. David Hernandez will make $1.5 million this year and $2 million in 2014.

  1. ireportyoudecide - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Why?

  2. djjackson81 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Good move Towers

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