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D-backs sign Putz, Rockies get Wigginton

J.J. PUTZ, June 5, 2009 Bone spur on

J.J. PUTZ, June 5, 2009
Bone spur on back of right elbow
Putz missed the final four months of the season.
Games missed: 110
Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - This session of baseball's winter meetings isn't just for the Yankees, Red Sox and baseball's other big spenders.

The Arizona Diamondbacks kept busy yesterday, giving free agent reliever J.J. Putz a two-year, $10-million deal. Colorado filled a need by getting 2010 All-Star infielder Ty Wigginton and Pittsburgh reached a two-year contract with pitcher Kevin Correia.

Putz, 33, 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 made the move a day after the Diamondbacks, who came to the meetings looking for bullpen help, got righthanded relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio from Baltimore for third baseman Mark Reynolds.

The Rockies and Wigginton reached agreement on a two-year, $8-million contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.

Wigginton, 33, played first base, second base and third base for the Orioles last season. His deal came a day after Melvin Mora, who filled mostly the same role with Colorado, signed with Arizona.

Correia, 30, went 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 26 starts for San Diego. The Pirates had the majors' worst starting pitching while going 57-105.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy gave the meetings a jolt when he collapsed around 1 a.m. yesterday near a bank of elevators. Carried out of the hotel on a stretcher, he was hospitalized because of mild arrhythmia.

The 2009 NL Manager of the Year was released and headed back to his Florida home with his family.


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