Reynolds To Orioles For Two Bullpen Arms, Melvin Mora Signed

D-backs moved Mark Reynolds to Orioles for two bullpen arms and signed vet Melvin Mora to platoon with Geoff Blum at third base.

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J.J. Putz Coming To Close For Diamondbacks, Justin Upton Staying Put

Boy, Kevin Towers wasn't kidding when he said it would be a busy week for the Diamondback at the MLB Winter Meetings. After trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a couple of bullpen arms (and salary space) and signing Melvin Mora to one-year free agent deal, the Diamondbacks have now zeroed in on their closer, Mr. J.J. Putz according to multiple reports.

Putz, is a big right-handed power pitcher who throws a mid 90's fast ball, high 80's split finger and a slider. He's got eight years MLB experience and most recently pitched well for the Chicago White Sox last season after spending the majority of his career in Seattle.

Putz threw 54 innings for the White Sox with a 2.83 ERA including 65 strikeouts, 15 walks, 4 home runs, and 17 earned runs. His career numbers are equally impressive -- 3.19 ERA over 405 innings pitched. Putz did miss time this past season with a knee injury but no structural damage was found.

Kevin Towers, in a press conference held earlier today announcing the Reynolds trade and Mora signing also stated that the Diamondbacks were unlikely to trade away young right fielder Justin Upton. 

"We knew going into that exercise that it was going to take an awful lot to make a trade for a young player, 23 years old, that's a tool shed; he does pretty much everything (and) he's only going to get better with time... So,I would say we'd have a pretty good idea when we leave here on Thursday but I would say it's highly unlikely that Justin Upton leaves the desert."

More reaction to the various Diamondbacks moves and the full audio of the Towers press conference are available on AZ Snakepit.

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Melvin Mora Signs One-Year Deal With Diamondbacks

In a town that seems to thrive on aging athletes, the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed 38-year-old Melvin Mora to play the third base position so recently vacated by the Mark Reynolds trade. Both the one-year contract that Mora signed and the Reynolds trade with the Orioles for right-handed pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio have now been officially announced by Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers.

Mora has played for three different teams in his 12-year career. He started with the Mets before playing the bulk of his time with the Orioles and then played in Colorado last season. He hit .285 with 45 RBI in 113 games for the Rockies. Mostly playing third base, More had just five errors and a .957 fielding percentage. 

For his long career, he's averaged .278 at the plate with a 171 total home runs, 738 RBI, 518 walks and 93 stolen bases. He's played in at least 110 games for seven straight seasons. Most importantly for the Diamondbacks, he's recorded only 99 strikeouts per 162 games as opposed to the 221 punch outs per 162 games that Reynolds threw up.

Mora gives the Diamondbacks an upgrade defensively along with a guy who will hit for contact but far less power. He also gives the young Diamondbacks infield a veteran who's been around the block once or 27 times.

With the trade for Reynolds, the Diamondback improve their bullpen by adding two power right-handed arms who can come in and get strikeouts in late inning situations. The team is also saving about $12 million by replacing Reynolds $14 million salary with $2 million for Mora and the Hernandez-Mickolio combination of less than $1 million in payroll. 


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