Diamondbacks sign J.J. Putz

Updated: December 8, 2010, 1:06 AM ET
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $10 millions deal with free agent reliever J.J. Putz.

Multiple reports on Tuesday said the deal would feature an option for a third year.

Putz, an eight-year veteran, spent his first six seasons with the Seattle Mariners and was named an All-Star in 2007 -- his best year in the majors.

After another year in Seattle, Putz suffered an injury-marred season with the New York Mets in 2008 before bouncing back last year for the Chicago White Sox.

Putz appeared in 60 games in 2010 and closed out the season with a 7-5 record while recording three saves and a 2.83 ERA, serving primarily as a setup man for the White Sox.

Putz is 30-24 with 106 saves for his career.

Putz was the third reliever the Diamondbacks acquired on Monday, having traded power-hitting third baseman Mark Reynolds to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.

Arizona is looking to rebuild a bullpen that contributed to the Diamondbacks' second straight last-place finish in the NL West.

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