Tag: Brad Ziegler

Alex Wilson

Brad Ausmus says he’ll “probably” go with Alex Wilson as the Tigers’ closer


Following the Joakim Soria trade with the Pirates, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will “probably” use right-hander Alex Wilson as the closer, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. Ausmus added he’d “maybe” use Blaine Hardy “if there are lefties”.

Wilson, 28, has had a terrific season, compiling a 1.79 ERA with a 33/8 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings. He earned his first save on July 30 against the Orioles. He doesn’t have the swing-and-miss stuff that most closers have, but Brad Ziegler — who also doesn’t miss many bats — has been doing just fine with the Diamondbacks.

Hardy, 28, has a 2.54 ERA with a 38/16 K/BB ratio in 46 innings. He has a severe platoon split over his career, however, as right-handed hitters have posted a .710 OPS against him compared to the .517 of lefties.

Report: Padres asked Diamondbacks for Paul Goldschmidt in a Craig Kimbrel trade

Paul Goldschmidt

Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports that the Padres asked Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart for All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in return in a trade involving closer Craig Kimbrel. Needless to say, discussions didn’t get very far.

“I don’t know that it was not wanting to trade within the division, but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for — including our first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt…”

Stewart couldn’t finish his sentence as he was interrupted by Gambo.

“They asked for Paul Goldschmidt,” Gambo asked.

“Now you get it,” Stewart responded while laughing.

Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask, right?

Goldschmidt, 27, is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, batting .347/.464/.605 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. He currently leads baseball in on-base percentage, and leads the National League in batting average, hits (124), and walks (82).

Beyond that, Goldschmidt is signed to a very team-friendly contract, as he signed a five-year, $32 million extension with the Diamondbacks in March of 2013. He’s earning $3 million this season and his salary escalates slightly each season through 2019. His elite production plus his contract make him one of the most valuable players in baseball in every sense of the word “valuable”.

The Diamondbacks also showed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but didn’t end up pulling the trigger on any trade for a closer, so they’ll roll with Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning the rest of the way.

The Diamondbacks are getting “lots of calls” on Brad Ziegler

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 08:  Brad Ziegler #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Diamondbacks enter tonight’s action at 43-50, 9 1/2 games back in the NL West and 7 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot. This should put them firmly in the “seller” category, so it’s no surprise that ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Arizona is getting “lots of calls” about veteran reliever Brad Ziegler. However, they are currently telling teams that they would have to be “overwhelmed” in order to move him.

Coming off microfracture knee surgery, Ziegler has a 1.08 ERA and 24/11 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings this season. The sidearmer began the year in a set-up role, but has gone 15-for-17 in save chances since taking over the closer job from Addison Reed.

It’s a little silly for an out-of-contention team to take this sort of stance with a 35-year-old reliever, but keep in mind that his contract includes a reasonable $5.5 million club option (or a $1 million buyout) for next season. The Diamondbacks apparently won’t deal him unless they get a strong return.

Diamondbacks demote $4.9 million former closer Addison Reed to Triple-A

Addison Reed Diamondbacks

First the Diamondbacks stripped Addison Reed of closing duties and now they’ve demoted the right-hander with a $4.9 million salary to Triple-A at age 26.

Reed saved 101 games from 2012-2014, including 32 games for the Diamondbacks last season after the team’s previous front office regime acquired the so-called proven closer from the White Sox. But throughout all the saves Reed had a 4.20 ERA and served up way too many homers to be reliable in the late innings.

He’s regressed even further this season, allowing 16 runs in 24 innings for a 5.92 ERA, and Reed will likely have to put together a good stretch at Triple-A just to re-enter the Diamondbacks’ plans as a middle reliever.

Side-arming setup man Brad Ziegler has stepped into the closer role for Arizona and done a very nice job, saving 10 games with a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings.

Report: Players requested more protective netting, but were denied by owners

Boston Red Sox Vs. Los Angeles Angels At Fenway Park

A fan suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a broken bat shard during a game between the Athletics and Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night. In the aftermath, there has been increasing demand for additional protective netting that would extend beyond where it is now, behind home plate and slightly to each side.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that players have requested additional protective netting when negotiating the collective bargaining agreement the last two times in 2007 and 2012, but were rebuffed by the owners. The request called for the netting to extend down the foul lines, even to the foul pole.

Players union representative Brad Ziegler, a reliever for the Diamondbacks, commented:

“Some owners are afraid to upset the fans that pay some of the highest ticket prices, when in reality, it’s an effort to protect those very fans,” said Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler, a member of the negotiating committee for the players’ union.

“(The owners) seem afraid that fans will lose access to the players – autographs, getting baseballs, etc. — and that will cause those ticket holders to be unhappy. Or, that they’d have to watch the game through a net. (But) fans behind home plate pay the highest prices, have the same issues, and yet those seats are always full.”

Unfortunately, the injury suffered by the fan at Fenway Park on Friday may be the impetus needed to seriously tackle the issue of fan safety.