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Arizona picks up option on closer Putz

Oct. 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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PHOENIX, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks said Saturday they closed the deal to keep J.J. Putz in their bullpen for another season.

The club picked up the 2013 option for their closer, who posted 32 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 57 appearances this year.

"J.J. has done a tremendous job for us over the past two seasons and is the leader of our bullpen," Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said in a written statement. "We are looking forward to bringing him back in the same role next season."

Putz, 35, is 33-31 lifetime with 183 career saves and a 3.04 ERA in 10 seasons with four Major League teams.

He was 1-5 last season but converted 19 straight save opportunities and tied a team record with 24 consecutive scoreless innings.