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Mets add Putz to bullpen

Mets add Putz to bullpen
The Mets obtained J.J. Putz from Seattle on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, 12-player trade that gives them a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.

New York dealt seven players -- six to the Mariners and one to Cleveland -- to get three back in a huge swap at Baseball's winter meetings.

The Mets shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez, lefty Jason Vargas and three minor-leaguers to the Mariners for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green. Promising outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was sent from the Indians to Seattle. Cleveland gets reliever Joe Smith from the Mets and second baseman Luis Valbuena, 23, from Seattle.

Putz's agent, Craig Landis, said Putz wants to remain a closer.

Tigers land Rays' Jackson: The Tigers acquired right-handed starter Edwin Jackson from the Rays on Wednesday for outfielder Matt Joyce.

Extra innings: Left-handed reliever Alan Embree has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockies, the Denver Post and reported. ... The Phillies acquired catcher Ronny Paulino from the Pirates for minor-league catcher Jason Jaramillo. ... The Dodgers finalized a $1.25 million, one-year contract with free agent utilityman Mark Loretta.

Tribune Baseball reporter Phil Rogers and Tribune wires contributed.

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Added: December 11, 2008

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