J.J. Putz Rumors: Tuesday

9:57pm: The Mariners spoke with the Cardinals and Brewers today about Putz, though a Fielder for Putz deal never came up.

7:58pm: Doug Melvin didn’t reference Putz specifically, but he did tell reporters he did not find a match with the Mariners in trade talks.

6:02pm: From ESPN’s Steve Phillips:

The Mariners need a power hitter. The Brewers need a closer. There is speculation that the two teams are discussing a package involving Putz and Prince Fielder.

11:22am: Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press says talks between the Ms and Tigers for Putz are ongoing.

11:04am: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says the Indians "are not really contenders" for Mariners closer J.J. Putz, as they’d prefer to sign a free agent.  He notes lukewarm interest from St. Louis and believes the Tigers and Brewers are more serious.  Baker questions whether the Tigers have the young players to get it done.

As for the Brewers, Baker speaks of a possible large multiplayer deal that’s "all just a concept for now."


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