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:
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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....