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Arizona Diamondbacks acquires Brad Ziegler and Jake Diekman

The Marlins received minor league reliever Tommy Eveld in return for Ziegler, a right-hander with a sidewinding throwing motion.


Reuters 31 Jul 2018, 08:52 PM United States

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired a pair of relief pitchers on Tuesday, nabbing Brad Ziegler from the Miami Marlins and Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers.

The Marlins received minor league reliever Tommy Eveld in return for Ziegler, a right-hander with a sidewinding throwing motion.

According to The Athletic, the Rangers received minor league pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang in return for Diekman, a lefty. Both relievers are scheduled to hit free agency after this season.

The first deal marks a return appearance for the 38-year-old Ziegler to Arizona, where he pitched from 2011 to 2016. He also has pitched for Oakland and Boston throughout his 11-year career. He had his best year in 2015 in Arizona, when he had 30 saves and a 1.85 ERA in 68 innings pitched.

This season, Ziegler got off to a slow start and lost his job as the Marlins' closer. Since June 5, however, he has pitched 28 innings and recorded a 0.64 ERA. Overall he was 1-5 with 10 saves and a 3.98 ERA for Miami.

Diekman, 31, went 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA in 37 appearances for the Rangers this season.

He missed most of 2017 recovering from surgery to remove his colon.

Eveld, 24, is a righty who Arizona chose in the ninth round in 2016. He is 3-2 with a 1.11 ERA in 35 appearances this season between Class-A and Double-A levels.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Ziegler, the D-backs transferred right-hander Shelby Miller to the 60-day disabled list. Miller had been on the 10-day DL since July 12 after suffering inflammation in his surgically repaired right elbow.

The 27-year-old had Tommy John surgery in May 2017 and was activated off the disabled on June 25 in an attempt to pitch in 2018. He is 0-4 with an 11.40 ERA in four starts this season.

Huang, 24, pitched for both High-A Visalia and Double-A Jackson this season, where he combined for a 2.31 ERA in 58 1/3 innings over two starts and 27 relief appearances.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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