Phillies, Pirates, Astros Eyeing J.J. Putz

The Phillies, Pirates, and Astros have inquired on free agent reliever J.J. Putz, according to ESPN's Jerry CrasnickEarlier today, Crasnick named the Rangers as a suitor.

It was a lost season with the Mets for Putz, who pitched only 29.3 innings due to an elbow problem.  Back in 2006-07, Putz was one of the game's best relievers, striking out 186 and walking just 26 while compiling a 1.86 ERA.  His '06 season led to a three-year, $13.1MM extension with the Mariners.  He joined the Mets a year ago as part of a three-way trade.

While Putz would prefer to close this year, he'd be open to an eighth-inning job.

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