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Tigers Among Six Teams Chasing J.J. Putz

Jon Paul Morosi reported late last night (early this morning) that the Tigers were among six teams that have expressed interest in reliever J.J. Putz. Putz recently threw for scouts, and must have looked pretty good to attract this kind of attention.

Putz might look more appealing after Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney declined arbitration yesterday (presumably in hopes for longer-term contracts). Of course, Detroit can still pursue Lyon and Rodney. And depending on how the free agent market develops, maybe the Tigers could even sign one of those guys for less than they would've gotten through the arbitration process.

This year with the Mets, Putz pitched in only 29 games, due to a sore elbow that eventually required surgery to remove bone spurs. He's two years removed from a 40-save season with the Mariners.