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Diamondbacks designate J.J. Putz for assignment

Jun 20, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

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J.J. Putz has allowed opponents to hit .529 off him in five appearances since coming off the disabled list two weeks ago and today the Diamondbacks decided they’ve seen enough, designating the veteran reliever for assignment.

Prior to struggling this season Putz posted a sub-3.00 ERA in four consecutive years and saved 32 games for the Diamondbacks as recently as 2011. He’s also being paid $7 million this season, but Putz has always struggled to stay healthy and at 37 years old the last-place Diamondbacks obviously don’t see the upside in giving him a chance to get back on track.

None of the other 29 teams are going to touch his contract on the waiver wire, but it’s possible the Diamondbacks could find a taker via trade if they eat nearly all of his remaining salary. And if not Putz should be able to latch on somewhere as a middle reliever once Arizona releases him.

  1. gbrim - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    When Trumbo is healthy Cody Ross will be designated as well. Bigger salary to be eaten, but its painful watching him try to compete after the hip injury. No range, no pop in the bat. His recovery to the point of being valuable is a long way away.

    • nsauser - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Everyone on the team should be on DFA watch. It’s so amazing to me that this ownership group didn’t learn more from the mistakes of the ’05 – ’10 span. Fool me twice . . .

  2. imthedudedude - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    He’s awful.

  3. Caught Looking - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    When will Tony LaRussa designate Kevin Towers for assignment? The D-Backs are eating a ton of payroll with Putz and Cahill accounting for around $24 million.

  4. jhorton83 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Wasn’t gritty enough.

  5. luz56 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t think for a minute the ownership and Larussa understand what a mess Kevin Towers has created in Phoenix…. This guy couldn’t organize a one car parade down main street… We have nothing on the farm and we have a team in major leagues that can barely compete most nights…..

    • gbrim - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      I believe Towers was hired to ‘win now’ at whatever cost, courtesy of the subpar, impatient owner rep Ken Kendrick. Our only hope is La Russa truly has the authority to rebuild right, and has the organizational talent to get it done. At best it will take time.

  6. luz56 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    gbrim….. I partially agree with you but some of the deals were not for the now… Still pissed over the Upton deal… We gave up a lot of talent for garbage… We are 2-3 years away from reloading and contending… LaRussa cut our losses and fire his sorry butt before the trade deadline

  7. rjwiesner - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I have never seen a gm sell every player so low, and make so many horrible moves. In just a few years he gutted the team of young talent and filled it with over priced bad players. not a good combination. If I was an opposing gm I’d have Towers on speed dial and I’d answer every time he called.

    • nsauser - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      You are sooooo right. It’s almost as if Towers has it all backwards. It’s like he really thinks that you sell low and buy high and then compounding the problem by giving out heavy long term deals. Prado? There’s a reason (or many) why the Braves let him walk.

  8. classicfinder - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    My wife designated my putz for assignment long ago.

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