D-backs exercise 2013 option on closer Putz
OCT 20, 2012 12:51p ET
The D-backs picked up Putz’s option for 2013 -- worth $6.5 million -- on Saturday, Towers calling the move “a no-brainer,” and are looking to keep Putz for several more years after that.
Towers compared Putz to Hoffman, a Hall of Famer in waiting, both for his success on the mound and in his influence on the young relievers in his bullpen.
“I don't look at this short-term. I believe in continuity, and it's hard to find those guys that are consistent at the back end. This was the first step. Now we have time to talk beyond 2013. I hope he finishes his career in a Diamondbacks’ uniform,” Towers said.
Towers said talks on a contract extension have not begun, and Putz said he did not want to focus beyond next season.
“There may be a time when we address that, but right now, I’m not worried about it,” Putz said. "We’re trying to build a championship club here. I love playing here. I love the coaching staff. I love the guys. That being said, I’m worried about 2013.
“I’m ecstatic. There is a lot of unfinished business to be taken care of here.”
Putz, 35, has 77 saves in his two seasons with the D-backs, the most successful two-year period in his 10-year major league career.
Putz was 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA and a career-high 45 saves in 2011, and was 1-5 with a 2.82 ERA and 32 saves this season. From May 15, Putz was 1-1 with 26 saves and a 1.42 ERA.
“He’s the leader of our bullpen and one of the best closers in the National League. He plays a big part in setting the makeup and character of our team,” Towers said.