UPDATE: D’Backs nearing two-year contract with Geoff Blum

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The Diamondbacks are about to get… older.

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona is close to agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Geoff Blum.

The veteran Blum posted a poor .267/.321/.356 batting line, two home runs and 22 RBI in 202 at-bats for the Astros this year and they rewarded that effort by declining his $1.65 million mutual option at the end of the regular season.

He played first base, second base, third base and shortstop, but he lacks the range to truly be considered versatile.

The good news for D’Backs fans is that Blum will come cheap — cheaper than the $1.65 million that he would have made in Houston — and likely represents a slight offensive upgrade over the utility infielders that populated Arizona’s 25-man roster throughout 2010.

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers expressed a desire earlier this month to bring in a few veteran bats.  He moved quickly to satisfy that goal.

UPDATE: Gilbert now says that the deal is for two years and could be announced as soon as Friday.  Without knowing the financial details, it’s safe to say that new D’Backs GM Kevin Towers is not off to a good start.

Brewers-Pirates game postponed

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Update: The makeup date has been scheduled for Saturday, July 14 as part of a traditional doubleheader, the Pirates announced.

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Wednesday night’s game at PNC Park between the Brewers and Pirates has been postponed, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Brent Suter and Chad Kuhl were scheduled to square off on the mound. Their starts will likely be pushed back to Thursday. The Pirates will host the Diamondbacks and the Brewers will host the Cardinals.

The Cubs won on Wednesday afternoon, so the Brewers are tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates are seven games back in fourth place.