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This is not your older brother's Mets bullpen; J.J. Putz in the fold

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If the Mets are still blowing saves in the eighth and ninth innings next season, a bunch of fresh faces will be doing it.

A day after signing Francisco Rodriguez to a $37 million free-agent contract, the Amazins traded for Mariners closer J.J. Putz — presumably to be K-Rod's setup guy — after other teams had coveted Putz as a ninth-inning fellow.

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown has the story (and he also has 100 career touchdowns).

It's a three-way deal, also including the Indians, and the Mets appear to have given up fan fave Aaron Heilman and Quite Average Joe Smith, along with minor leaguers to be discovered.

Update: MLB.com's Jim Street has more details on the who's and where's.

A season ago, the only teams with more blown saves than the Mets (29) were the Cardinals and the (oops) Mariners, who both had 31. Putz, actually, had eight blown saves in 23 opportunities (double oops).

Putz was 5-for-5 in saves in September, which the Mets probably would have taken.

Further, J.J. had one of the best seasons a reliever could have in 2007, with 40 saves in 42 opportunities. If he reverts to that form, he'll be worth his $6 million salary, and he's great insurance if K-Rod just up and quits.

Tomorrow, expect the Mets to add Brian Fuentes as a one-out lefty. Kidding, but you heard it her first just in case.

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