AP source: Putz, Diamondbacks reach 2-year deal

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent reliever J.J. Putz and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $10 million.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been officially announced.

The 33-year-old Putz went 7-5 with three saves and a 2.83 ERA in 60 games for the Chicago White Sox last season. The former All-Star closer with Seattle struck out 65 in 54 innings.

The Diamondbacks continued to build their bullpen, which general manager Kevin Towers said was a major objective at the winter meetings. On Monday, Arizona acquired right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio from Baltimore for third baseman Mark Reynolds.