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Putz gets deal adding $7M for '14 from D-backs

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz announced a $13.5 million, two-year contract for the reliever on Monday, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014.

Arizona exercised Putz's $6.5 million option on Oct. 20 and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

"J.J. has provided much-needed leadership and stability for our bullpen the last two years," general manager Kevin Towers said in a release. "He has been an integral piece and helped set the foundation for our bullpen's turnaround so we are excited to have him in place the next two seasons."

The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year, converting 19 straight save chances from late May through August. He had a 0.84 ERA from June 23 through the end of the season.

"I'm very happy to be a member of the great D-backs organization and family though 2014," Putz said. "It's special to be with my family year round so we're all really excited."

Putz has a 33-31 record with 183 saves in 514 big league games for Seattle (2003-08), the New York Mets (2009), the Chicago White Sox (2010) and Arizona (2011-12).

Putz has 77 saves for Arizona, second on the franchise list behind Jose Valverde with 98.

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