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Published: Thursday, 12/11/2008

Wood in Cleveland to take physical

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS Kerry Wood was in Cleveland last night to take the physical needed before he can finalize a two-year deal with the Indians worth about $20 million.

Wood s physical is scheduled for today, a baseball official familiar with the arrangements said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final. His contract would include an option for 2011.

Wood had 34 saves last season for Chicago Cubs, then became a free agent.

The New York Mets obtained J.J. Putz from Seattle on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, 12-player trade that gives them a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.

New York dealt seven players six to the Mariners and one to Cleveland to get three back in a huge swap at baseball s winter meetings.

The Mets shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez, lefty Jason Vargas and three minor leaguers to the Mariners for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green in the first trade by new Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Promising outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was sent from the Indians to Seattle. Cleveland gets reliever Joe Smith from the Mets and 23-year-old second baseman Luis Valbuena from Seattle.

An All-Star in 2007 when he saved 40 games, Putz was 6-5 with a 3.88 ERA and 15 saves in 23 chances last season, when he missed long stretches with ribcage and elbow injuries. His agent, Craig Landis, said Putz wants to remain a closer.



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