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White Sox sign former closer Putz

Updated: December 11, 2009, 7:55 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The White Sox signed relief pitcher J.J. Putz to a one-year, $3 million contract on Friday.

Putz can make another $3.25 million in incentives, but that figure is based on him closing games all season. Putz, who was the closer for the Seattle Mariners from 2006 to 2008, signed a free-agent contract in 2008 with the New York Mets before being released last season. He went 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 29 games with the Mets.

Putz is rehabbing an elbow injury. He had bone spurs ...

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