White Sox agree to deal with P Putz
Reliever J.J. Putz agreed Friday to a one-year, $3 million
contract with the Chicago White Sox and will fill a setup role in
Putz is 23-19 with a 3.24 ERA and 103 saves in 337 relief
appearances over seven major-league seasons with Seattle and the
New York Mets.
He was 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA with the Mets last season in 29
appearances before undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone
spur in his right elbow on June 9, causing him to miss the
remainder of the season.
“We’ve been monitoring him ever since the season ended and his
daily workouts we’re very familiar with,” White Sox general
manager Ken Williams said, adding Putz would be under no
restrictions once spring training begins in February.
“He passed the physical with flying colors and we couldn’t be
happier with what was communicated to us,” Williams added.
“Needless to say, we feel from the top of our rotation down
through the end of the bullpen, we feel as strong as we’ve ever
Putz was an AL All-Star in 2007 when he was 6-1 with a 1.38 ERA
and 40 saves. He was traded to the Mets in a three-team deal in
December of 2008.
He will serve as a setup man, along with lefty Matt Thornton,
for closer Bobby Jenks. The White Sox had an opening in their
bullpen after not re-signing free agent Octavio Dotel.
Putz can made an additional $250,000 based on appearances:
$125,000 each for 60 and 70 games. He has $3 million in available
bonuses based on games finished: $450,000 for 40, $525,000 for 45,
$600,000 for 50, $675,000 for 55 and $750,000 for 60.
During their offseason, the White Sox have now traded for Mark
Teahen, added Putz, shortstop Omar Vizquel and outfielder Andruw
Jones, and re-signed utility man Mark Kotsay.
Williams said now that the bullpen and the bench have been
addressed, he will turn to offense, where the White Sox need a
leadoff hitter since Scott Podsednik has also not re-signed.
If the White Sox do locate a top-of-the-order hitter, Williams
said: “We’d be in pretty good shape going into spring
“But there is always one more move to make, no matter what it
is. No matter where you feel like you are at a given time, there is
always something else to do.”