J.J. Putz takes job in Diamondbacks’ front office

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The Diamondbacks announced this evening that former closer J.J. Putz has been hired as a special assistant to president and CEO Derrick Hall. Putz, who pitched with Arizona from 2011-2014, has apparently decided to put a bow on his playing career at the age of 37. He had a 6.59 ERA in 18 appearances this season prior to being released in June.

In his new role with the Diamondbacks, Putz is expected to assist the baseball and business sides of the organization. He will be in uniform to work with pitchers during spring training and will visit with minor league affiliates at various points during the season.

Below is a statement from Hall:

“J.J.’s performance on the field and popularity off the field make him a tremendous addition to the front office,” said Hall. “His personality is a perfect fit for our culture and we are looking forward to him helping the D-backs in a number of different ways during this next phase of his career.”

Assuming this is truly the end of Putz’s playing career, he will finish with a 3.08 ERA and 189 saves. He made one All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Mariners.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.