For now Arizona Diamondbacks’ reliever J.J. Putz is with the team in Australia for their Opening Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Could he be looking at a new team when he returns to the United States?
With Addison Reed in place as the Arizona closer and with the Cincinnati Reds exploring alternatives while Aroldis Chapman recovers from his scary incident this week, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports wonders if the Reds would explore a trade for Putz.
If the Reds explore the trade market, keep an eye on Arizona reliever J.J. Putz, an All-Star closer earlier in his career. The Diamondbacks have named Addison Reed as their closer to start the season. They also have Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez from the right side, making Putz somewhat expendable. Reds manager Bryan Price knows Putz well from their time together in Seattle, when Price was the Mariners’ pitching coach and Putz a young relief pitcher.”
Putz would bring a measure of versatility to the Reds, as his experience in both the closer and set-up roles would allow the Reds to slide him back and forth as necessary. The Diamondbacks have reportedly been looking to deal Putz since the dead of the off-season, so it would not be surprising if trade talks like those suggested here materialize in the coming weeks.