Putz proved that his 2006 breakout season was no fluke by saving 40 games for the Mariners in dominating fashion last year. Ringing up a 22-inning scoreless streak along the way, he topped all regular relievers in ERA and WHIP while recording an overpowering K/BB ratio. Even though Putz has logged more innings than any other top closer over the past two seasons, owners shouldn't worry about him breaking down. Expect Putz to be right there at the top of the pack again in '08.
You should be able to count on JJ once again to be a solid closer, now that his rotation has become better. Why does the good rotation matter? Would it be easier to convert a save with a one run lead or three? That could be the difference between the save and blowing the save. Expect around 40 saves again for Putz, with atleast a strikeout per inning pitched. His ERA should also be fairly low as well. Don't be too worried when using a high draft pick on him.