Have the Mets changed directions? Going after Putz instead of K-Rod?

Dominick DiFucciAnalyst INovember 21, 2008

The Rockie Mountain News is reporting that the Mets are targeting J.J. Putz as their priority, instead of signing K-Rod or Fuentes. The reason is he will come a lot cheaper than both Fuentes and Rodriguez. Putz is expected to make $5 million in '09 and  $8.5 million in '10. He also has a $1 million dollar buyout.

The Mets would love this because 1) He is affordable and the Mets are still paying Billy Wagner $10.5 Million and 2) He does not have a long term contract, which the Mets do not want.

The negative is, he will be 32 years old at the start of the 2009 season. If the Mets do make a trade for Putz, it could open up the bank for other moves including building up the offense or maybe getting a higher grade pitcher.

Here is a look at J.J. Putz's last 3 years:

Last 3 yearsTeamGGSWLSVCGSHOIPHRERHRBBKERAWHIPBAA 
2006SEA72041360078.15920204131042.300.92.207 
2007SEA68061400071.2371111613821.380.70.153 
2008SEA47065150046.1462020428563.881.60.256 
Career
3080221510100323.0270115110321043373.071.16.227 


The first time I heard of them targeting Putz was in Jason Stark's column yesterday, where he was told by a baseball source that if J.J. Putz becomes available he will be on the top priority over the free agent group...


I found some video of J.J. Putz on YouTube, Enjoy....