The White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract with J.J. Putz on Friday.
The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 games for the Mets in 2009. Putz then underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow on June 9 and missed the remainder of the season.
In seven seasons in the big leagues — six of which came with the Mariners — Putz is 23-19 with a 3.24 ERA and 103 saves. His best season came in ’07, when the Michigan product made the All-Star team and posted a 1.38 ERA with 40 saves in 42 chances.
His addition can give the White Sox a nice setup option, along with lefty Matt Thornton, or perhaps even make closer Bobby Jenks expendable.
December 11, 2009
Sox sign J.J. Putz
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