Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:24:26 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks' closer competition this spring is likely to come down to RPs Addison Reed and J.J. Putz. RP Brad Ziegler was used as the closer last year because the need was there.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:58:02 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks have RPs Josh Collmenter, David Hernandez, J.J. Putz, Addison Reed, Joe Thatcher and Brad Ziegler appear to be locks for bullpen jobs, which might mean RP Will Harris is the odd man out. He has options remaining. RP Randall Delgado does not have options remaining, and that might mean Harris loses out in a numbers game.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:50:41 -0800
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson wants to wait to make a decision on who his closer will be this season. He doesn't want the closing candidates to overdo it this spring in order to try and impress the coaching staff.
Fantasy Tip: Addison Reed, whom the team traded for this winter, is expected to be the ninth-inning guy, but J.J. Putz and Brad Ziegler could have some say in the matter.
Sun, 05 Jan 2014 10:20:52 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks may look to trade RP J.J. Putz because they added RP Addison Reed earlier this offseason. Putz is scheduled to make $7 million and the team likely would look for player with a comparable salary in any trade.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:16:27 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 16.
Fantasy Tip: There's no indication that the Snakes will rush Putz back to the closer role over Brad Ziegler. With little of the regular season left, don't expect Putz to have any value.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:08:01 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) could be activated as early as Sunday, Sept. 15, after Putz had a successful bullpen session.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:19:41 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) on the 15-day disabled list because of a dislocated right pinkie. In a corresponding move, RP Chaz Roe has been recalled from Triple-A Reno.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:49:00 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks have suddenly made RP J.J. Putz available on the trade block.
Fantasy Tip: Trading Putz would bolster Brad Ziegler's status as the new closer in the desert, depending on whether the Snakes acquire another closer-worthy arm on the trade market.
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:34:27 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler has been anointed the team's closer for now.
Fantasy Tip: Go ahead and scoop him up, but we look for J.J. Putz to get another opportunity eventually. Still, Ziegler has been getting outs, and that's all Kirk Gibson may wind up caring about, so there's a chance he can keep the gig.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:05:42 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told the media on Thursday, July 11, that his team has no closer at this point. He suggested that situations will dictate whom the team uses in save situations in the club's final four contests before the All-Star break.
Fantasy Tip: Not even the Snakes like their options anymore. J.J. Putz was apparently sufficiently healthy to activate from the DL last week but not to pitch in the ninth once he blew a chance. Heath Bell proves that he's not the man for the job consistently enough. Matchups suggest that others are in the mix, but Tony Sipp is the only southpaw in the bullpen. Hey, maybe he'll get a shot. David Hernandez could get a look, too. Clearly, the D'backs are willing to let someone demonstrate his willingness to take a stranglehold here. Putz, Bell and Hernandez are the best bets, relatively speaking, and probably in that order. The club is exploring internal and external options, reportedly, too.