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30. J. J. Putz

30. J. J. Putz
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 22, 1977 in Trenton, MI USA
  • Weight: 250 lbs.
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 11, 2003
  • Final Game: June 19, 2014
  • Rolaids Relief Man Award - 2007
  • MVP - 2007

J.J. Putz made his Major League debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2003 for three games, and in 2004 and 2005, he had a role in the bullpen appearing in 118 Games.  In those two years, Putz was just another arm, but after adding a splitter to his arsenal, and winning the closing job, 2006 would see him reborn.

Putz would secure 36 Saves in 2006 while posting a 2.30 ERA and 0.919 WHIP.  Those were good numbers, but his 2007 could very well be the best relief year by a Mariner of all-time.  As good as '06 was, his 2007 saw him secure 40 Saves, with a league leading 65 Games Finished.  His ERA shrunk to a paltry 1.38 with an even more impressive WHIP of 0.698.  Putz was robbed in that as the player with the highest Win Probability Added, and he was denied receiving even a single Cy Young vote.  He would not be denied the Rolaids Relief Award as the best closer of the American League.

Putz game fell off in 2008 as he threw for only 15 Saves, and his ERA ballooned to 3.88.  He was traded to the Mets after that. 

With Seattle, he would earn 101 Saves and finished 207 Games.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 6th Round of the Amateur Draft 6/2/99.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Mets with Sean Green and Jeremy Reed as part of a three-team trade.  Seattle sent Luis Valbuena to the Cleveland Indians.  New York sent Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Aaron Hellman, and Jason Vargas to Seattle.  New York sent Joe Smith to Cleveland.  Cleveland sent Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle 12/11/08.
  • Games Played: 308
  • Notable Statistics: 22 Wins
    15 Losses
    3.07 ERA
    207 Games Finished
    101 Saves
    323.0 Innings Pitched
    337 Strikeouts
    3.41 FIP
    1.158 WHIP
    8.4 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2007)
    Rolaids Relief Award (2007)
    Most Games Finished (2007)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2007)

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