Diamondbacks To Exercise J.J. Putz's 2013 Option

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: J.J. Putz #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks finishes off the Chicago Cubs in the 9th inning for his second save of the saeson at Wrigley Field on April 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't completely out of contention for a spot in the playoffs, but it isn't looking good. So it appears the team is getting a head start on moving on from a disappointing 2012 season and start shaping up their roster for 2013. Among players the team will need to make a decision on is right-handed reliever J.J. Putz, who has a club option for 2013 worth $6.5 million.

D'Backs GM Kevin Towers all but says the team will be exercising the club option on their closer for next season, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com, meaning Putz will be back for a third season. Towers added that price was no issue. With more than a month left in the season and reliever volatility, there is no rush for the D'Backs to commit right now.

The 35-year-old reliever has posted a 2.82 ERA across 44 2/3 innings of work, complimented with a fantastic 9.9 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9. He's closed 27 ball games for the team this season.

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