Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz just wants to win
However, a poor start to the 2013 along with injury problems led to Putz losing his hold on the ninth-inning job, and while he finished the season strong, he did so as Brad Ziegler was finishing games for the team.
Healthy once again, Putz, who will be 37 on Opening Day, is battling for the job he once held, though he's probably the underdog now that the team went out and traded for former White Sox closer Addison Reed.
While it would make sense for Putz to be upset over the team possibly trying to move on from him in going out and adding Reed, the veteran did not take the move personally.
In fact, he reached out to Reed when the deal was made to offer support.
"It's never easy when you're traded," Putz told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday, recounting how David Wright welcomed him to the Mets when he was traded to New York in 2009. "I know how hard it is when you get traded, and I just felt like my position with this team is to kind of get everybody together. I just thought it was the right thing to do.
"I think we're a better team with him here, so open arms."
Reed was Chicago's closer the last two seasons, saving a total of 69 games. He recorded 40 of them last year, and it's hard to believe the D-backs acquired the 25-year-old with the idea that he'd be a setup man. But GM Kevin Towers has said there will be a battle for the closer's job, with Putz and Reed being two of the main contenders.
And while he'd like to be the one to get the job, Putz said it would not be devastating should he not.
"Obviously that's what I love doing, but I'm also missing something on this finger right here," he said, pointing to the lack of a World Series championship ring. "So if that's pitching in the seventh, eighth, ninth -- whatever Gibby decides -- and that puts a ring on this finger, I'll do whatever."
Adam Green, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- Cahill, D-backs' offense struggle in loss to Padres: By The Numbers
- Arizona Diamondbacks reinstate Daniel Hudson, Cody Ross from the disabled list
- Dose of Venom: Anderson dominates, Diamondbacks finish home stand with win over Rockies
- Anderson, Hill, big 7th inning lift Diamondbacks over Rockies: By The Numbers
- Dose of Venom: Matzek, Rockies silence Diamondbacks
- Augie Ojeda, former Arizona Diamondback - Friday August 29Doug and Wolf chat with former Diamondback Augie Ojeda.
- Travis Lee, former D-backs first baseman - Thursday August 28Travis Lee shares some stories and memories from playing with the D-backs.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday August 28Derrick Hall discusses the home plate rule in the new instant replay system.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Wednesday August 27ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian believes Matt Williams is good for the Nationals.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday August 26D-backs manager Kirk Gibson discusses possible changes to a six-man rotation.
- Reggie Sanders - former Diamondbacks outfielder - Tuesday August 26Reggie Sanders discusses the Diamondbacks' alumni game coming up this Saturday.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO - Thursday August 21Derrick Hall gives his thoughts on the new MLB commissioner.