AP: M's sign Putz to $13.1M, 3-year deal - Fantasy Baseball Cafe 2014 Fantasy Baseball Cafe
100% Deposit Bonus for Cafe Members!

Return to Seattle Mariners

AP: M's sign Putz to $13.1M, 3-year deal

Moderator: Baseball Moderators

AP: M's sign Putz to $13.1M, 3-year deal

Postby Kodiak » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:55 pm

By GREGG BELL
AP Sports Writer
January 17, 2007

SEATTLE (AP) - J.J. Putz cashed in on his breakout debut season as the Seattle Mariners closer, agreeing Wednesday to a $13.1 million, three-year contract.

Putz gets a $1.5 million signing bonus plus base salaries of $2.2 million this season, $3.4 million in 2008 and $5 million in 2009. The Mariners have an $8.6 million option for 2010, with a $1 million buyout.

Putz had 36 saves - the fourth-highest total in a Mariners season - in 2006, his second full season in the major leagues. The hard-throwing, 29-year-old right-hander entered the year as setup man to Eddie Guardado, before Guardado taught Putz how to grip a split-fingered fastball for better movement during spring training.

Guardado then faltered in the season's first month, leading to Putz taking his job for good in May. Guardado has since been traded.

"J.J. Putz was one of the great stories of the 2006 baseball season," Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said. "He took over the closer's role and was simply dominant. When he was called on he really thrived in that ninth-inning pressure.

"It's a good feeling to know that J.J. is going to anchor our bullpen for the foreseeable future."

On Tuesday, Putz asked for a raise for $415,000 to $3.6 million when he swapped arbitration figures with the Mariners, who offered $2.6 million.
Kodiak
Softball Supervisor
Softball Supervisor

User avatar

Posts: 44
(Past Year: 7)
Joined: 16 Jan 2007
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: The DMV

Postby denvermax » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:23 am

I like the deal. One of the few players left on this team that go out and do their job.
denvermax
Major League Manager
Major League Manager

User avatar

Posts: 1178
Joined: 11 Dec 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball


Return to Seattle Mariners

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

Forums Articles & Tips Sleepers Rankings Leagues


Today's Games
Wednesday, Oct. 22
(All times are EST, weather icons show forecast for game time)

San Francisco at Kansas City
(8:07 pm)

  • Fantasy Baseball
  • Article Submissions
  • Privacy Statement
  • Site Survey 
  • Contact