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WINTER MEETINGS 2008: The latest Putz rumor from ESPN (UPDATED 6:02 p.m.)

UPDATED: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik met with his former boss Doug Melvin of the Brewers about Putz, according to Adam McCalvy of, but nothing came of it ...

But when asked whether he sees a match between those two teams, Melvin said, "I don't think so at this point."

I haven't posted this latest rumor surrounding M's closer J.J. Putz for a few reasons.

ESPN analyst Steve Phillips had this comment in ESPN's winter meetings blog: &bull The Mariners need a power hitter. The Brewers need a closer. There is speculation that the two teams are discussing a package involving J.J. Putz and Prince Fielder.

The original post had Fielder playing for the Tigers. But it has been edited. Hey, it's been a long day and mistakes can happen, I know my copy on the blog isn't always the cleanest.

But that's one reason I didn't post it right away, the other is that I don't know how reasonable it is. Now let me clarify, I think the Brewers have inquired about Putz. They need a closer. They already decided not to jump on the emotional roller coaster that is Eric Gagne in that role.

I think the Brewers are willing if not looking to trade Prince Fielder. It was reported as much a few weeks ago.

And I think the Brewers and Mariners could be trading partners because: 1. Jack Zduriencik worked there and is familiar with what they have. 2. The Brewers have plenty of talent in the minor league system. The type of talent the Mariners are looking for.

BUT .... the Brewers are right now a little predisposed with trying to re-sign C.C. Sabathia and/or Ben Sheets. The Sabathia saga seems neverending just check out this growing list of links on, And that's the priority now. The Brewers would love to probably sit down and talk with the Mariners about Putz, but they have to figure out their starting pitching first before trying to figure out a closer.

ALSO ... There is no way they are swapping Putz for Fielder, which is also what Phillips post said. It will have to be multi-player deal, perhaps on both ends.

But you know what, I guess just speculating about the possibilities could be fun.