RP - FA - RET
Brad Ziegler will head back to the Arizona Diamondbacks as the Marlins traded the veteran pitcher Tuesday afternoon.
Ziegler's ERA has steadily come down after a rough start to the season. Through June and July, he has a 0.93 ERA. The Diamondbacks get some good backend help with the return of Ziegler to their bullpen.
Brad Ziegler walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning in the Marlins' win over the Rays on Wednesday, earning his 10th save of the season.
Although Ziegler has been pitching much better lately, this isn't a sign that he's regained the closer's role. Both Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider were unavailable on Wednesday, making Ziegler the option by default. Don't expect many more saves the rest of the season.
The Miami Marlins officially removed Brad Ziegler from the closer's role. Ziegler had only officially blown one save, but he had five losses and an ERA near eight.
Kyle Barraclough will take over the ninth inning, with Ziegler perhaps getting a chance to work earlier innings, but the veteran seems to be trending toward a DFA before long.
Brad Ziegler blew his first save of the season and took his fifth loss on Wednesday. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks.
The winning run may not have been Ziegler's fault, as it came around on an error by Miguel Rojas, but it looked like Ziegler was going to give up the game sooner or later anyway. His ERA sits at 7.83, but this was somehow his first blown save of the season. He should only be owned by teams desperate for saves.
Brad Ziegler allowed three runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning on Saturday. He did not get charged with a blown save because he came into a tie game, but he made sure the Marlins wouldn't have a chance to win.
Ziegler remains perfect in saves this season, recording the stat in all nine opportunities thus far. He's been far from good though, as he's now allowed three or more runs in two of his last four outings and sports a horrid 7.54 ERA for the season.