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Diamondbacks Close To Signing Blum

FRIDAY, 5:27pm: Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com tweets that Blum's two-year contract will be worth "a smidge over $2MM."

THURSDAY, 8:58pm: The proposed deal would be for two years, tweets Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.  An announcement could be made as soon as tomorrow.

THURSDAY, 7:12pm: The Diamondbacks are closing in on a deal with Geoff Blum, a baseball source tells Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.  The 37-year-old hit .267/.321/.356 in 218 plate appearances this season while dealing with elbow and neck injuries.

The Astros informed the veteran on October 1st that they would pay his $150K buyout rather than exercise his $1.65MM option for 2011.  At the time, Blum told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart that he would miss Houston and gleaned from conversations with people in the organization that he would not return.  However, it was reported yesterday that he appeared to be close to re-signing with the Astros.

If Blum signs with Arizona, it will mark a reunion of sorts between the veteran and GM Kevin Towers.  The versatile switch-hitter played two seasons and change for the Padres during Towers' time in San Diego.

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