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'Bromance' time ... Putz signs!!

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jj-putz-usa.jpgLet the "bromance'' continue.
Thanks to the recruiting influence of White Sox lefty Matt Thornton, as well as the small matter of $3 million, the club announced on Friday that right-handed reliever J.J. Putz was headed to the South Side for the 2010 season.
In inking the 32-year-old to the one-year deal, the Sox are hoping that the elbow surgery to remove bone spurs from Putz's elbow last season are no longer a problem, as they look to make the backend of the bullpen even more formidable.
The Sun-Times reported on Tuesday that general manager Ken Williams had Thornton working on Putz - a close friend of Thornton's for more than 10 years - trying to convince the veteran free agent to make the jump, similar to the way Scott Linebrink was used to recruit Jake Peavy last season.
Thornton told the newspaper, "We've known each other for over a decade, it's a bromance.''
Williams seemed angry the next day that word leaked out of the possible Putz deal, but the Sun-Times then reported on Wednesday that a deal was close. It happened less than 48 hours later.
With Putz, the Sox get a pitcher with a career 23-19 record and 3.24 ERA to go along with 103 saves and 356 strikeouts in 337 relief appearances over seven major-league seasons with Seattle and the New York Mets.
His one year with the Mets last season was very forgettable, as he went 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA, 10 holds and two saves in 29 relief appearances, before the injury required surgery and shut him down for the year.
As for the plans with Putz, he gives Williams a much-needed replacement for Octavio Dotel, as well as insurance in both the eighth and ninth innings, especially if they opt to trade Bobby Jenks.
The only question now left was what was Thornton's cut?
"I need to talk to them about some extra money for being pitch guy,'' Thornton joked.

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