Brad Ziegler has agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Miami Marlins. That’s . . . a pretty good bargain? At least given where the reliever market has gone this winter.
Ziegler split 2016 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, posting an ERA of 2.25 with a K/BB ratio of 58/26 in 68 innings in 69 games while saving 22 games. He’s been a substantially above average reliever over his nine big league seasons.
The Marlins bullpen is looking pretty good heading into 2017, with Ziegler joining Junichi Tazawa and Kyle Barraclough in front of closer A.J. Ramos.
Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik González. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.
The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and González were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.
The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.