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J.J. Putz Isn’t What the New York Mets Had Hoped For

Published by on June 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When Mets General Manager Omar Minaya signed Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez and dealt for Seattle closer J.J. Putz in mid-December, he had thought he had solved the most paramount issue with the Mets, the bullpen, by assembling the most glamorous eighth, ninth-inning combo in MLB. 

On paper, of course. 

Mets fans, and probably manager Jerry Manuel, dreamt of worry-free late innings. Dreams of a duo so dominant that a friendly rivalry would develop rooted in who would strike out the most batters in a given appearance.  Dreams of a duo so dominant that it would put all other bullpens to shame.  

Albeit premature, some Mets...

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