Mariners keep closer Putz through 2009

Updated: January 17, 2007, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- J.J. Putz impressed at least one opponent in his debut season as Seattle's closer: Barry Bonds.

Putz cashed in on his breakout year Wednesday, agreeing to a $13.1 million, three-year contract with the Mariners, and fondly recalled his ninth-inning matchup with Bonds last spring.

"Anytime you get a guy like him out, it's going to help your confidence," Putz said. "I found out it's a lot of fun pitching in the ninth inning and being able to look forward to it every day."

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