The Red Sox announced early Saturday morning that the club acquired reliever Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Jose Almonte and middle infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe. To make room for Ziegler on the 40-man roster, the club moved catcher/outfielder Blake Swihart to the 60-day disabled list.
Ziegler, 36, did not pitch on Friday night against the Giants. He has saved 18 games in 20 chances with a 2.82 ERA and a 27/15 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings. Strikeouts aren’t really his thing, as his 16.4 percent strikeout rate is the 14th-lowest among qualified relievers. Ziegler succeeds by inducing ground balls. His 63 percent ground ball rate is the seventh highest among qualified relievers.
Ziegler will likely set up for Craig Kimbrel in the Red Sox bullpen. Kimbrel, however, was not available on Friday due to soreness in his left knee. In the event Kimbrel would need to go on the disabled list, Ziegler could get the chance to close over Koji Uehara, who has been the club’s closer in recent years but owns an ugly 4.83 ERA this season.
Almonte, 20, has spent the season with Single-A Greenville, compiling a 3.91 ERA and a 45/13 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
Basabe, 19, has also spent year with Greenville, batting .311/.414/.471 with four home runs, 24 RBI, 39 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 271 plate appearances. Luis Alejandro Basabe has a twin brother in the Red Sox system, Luis Alexander. Alexander was rated the club’s eighth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. Alejandro was not ranked.