Diamondbacks relievers Brad Ziegler and Daniel Hudson can both become free agents after the season. GM Dave Stewart says he has taken calls from teams interested in acquiring either reliever, and added that the club will consider signing both to contract extensions before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal adds that Stewart will need to speak to ownership first.
Ziegler, 36, moved into the closer’s role last season and did an outstanding job, saving 30 games with a 1.85 ERA in 68 innings. He’s been great again this season, racking up 13 saves with a 2.93 ERA in 27 2/3 innings. Ziegler’s age, as well as uninspiring strikeout and walk rates, might limit his earning potential, however.
Hudson, 29, moved to the bullpen full-time last season, finishing with a 3.86 ERA and a 71/25 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. He’s been elite thus far this season, owning a 1.80 ERA and a 22/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.