Eddie Guardado, the former closer and teammate of J.J. Putz, had glowing remarks for new newest Mets setup man during a conversation with the NY Post.
The Mets acquired Putz on Wednesday night at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound power righty will set up Francisco Rodriguez at the back end of the Mets’ now-impressive pen. Guardado, who spent two-plus seasons with Putz in Seattle, gushed about him yesterday, noting that Putz is a stand-up guy with the media and predicting he’d excel in New York.
“He’s going to do tremendous. I really believe that,” Guardado said. “Not only is he a good performer when he goes out there and toes the rubber every day, but he’s a good person.”
Guardado said Putz doesn’t get bothered by much, adding, “And that’s why he’s so good at what he does, being a closer and being in the big leagues itself.”
Guardado, who’s a free agent and hadn’t spoken to Putz since the trade, said Putz “comes to compete, he comes to work and most of all, you’re going to love him in the clubhouse.”
In other words, Mets fans are gonna go nuts for Putz… I know, I’m a dork…