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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 231
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Brad Ziegler said in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday that he tried to pitch through a rib injury last season which he initially suffered in the first week of spring training.
The injury went unreported and the veteran reliever tried to gut it out even though he admitted it made it difficult for him to breathe during the first half. Ziegler eventually went on the disabled list and missed five weeks with what the Marlins called a right back strain. He had a 6.52 ERA at the time but returned to post a 2.00 ERA the rest of the way. Ziegler is slated to open 2018 as the Marlins' closer and could be in line for a bounce-back season if the injury was largely responsible for his first-half struggles. Of course, if he does pitch well he'll be a good bet to be traded somewhere to be a setup man for a contender. Jan 17 - 4:20 PM

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Brad Ziegler "interests" the Cardinals.

The Cardinals also, of course, have been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton, so perhaps Ziegler could be included in a potential trade involving the slugger. Ziegler held a 4.79 ERA in his first season in Miami, turned 38 a month ago and is owed $9 million in 2018, so he doesn't look like a very attractive commodity right now. However, most of his poor performance in 2017 was early on, as he posted a 3.20 ERA from June on, so perhaps he has something left in the tank.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Brad Ziegler notched a two-out save in Friday’s victory over the Braves.

Jarlin Garcia began the ninth inning, but he loaded the bases before Don Mattingly brought the hook. It ended up being an easy assignment for Ziegler, who induced a double-play grounder on his first pitch to finish off the victory. The veteran reliever has been banged up of late and blew each of his last three save chances coming into Friday’s action, so this was his first save since way back on August 25.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 12:06:00 AM

Brad Ziegler (illness) threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning in his return to action Saturday.

Ziegler was unavailable for over two weeks due to a back injury and then an illness. It's possible he could see some save chances down the stretch, but the Miami bullpen is looking like a situation to avoid at this point.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 08:17:00 AM

Brad Ziegler (back) remains unavailable due to an illness.

Ziegler is recovered from his back injury, but he'll need another couple days off to get past this apparent flu bug. Primary setup man Kyle Barraclough has struggled lately, so Marlins manager Don Mattingly will probably play the matchups if a save opportunity arises Tuesday night against the Mets.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 05:10:00 PM

Brad Ziegler (back) is available out of the Marlins' bullpen Monday.

Ziegler hasn't made an appearance since September 7 due to a back injury, but he's evidently feeling well enough now to give it a go. It's possible he could return to his closer role for the final weeks, but it's not a given since Ziegler was scuffling a bit prior to the injury. Kyle Barraclough has also been knocked around lately.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Brad Ziegler is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Braves due to a back injury.

If there's a save opportunity, Kyle Barraclough will likely get the call. Ziegler blew a save in his last appearance Thursday against the Braves, yielding two runs on three hits and a walk in a crushing loss for the Marlins. Barraclough could run away with the closer job down the stretch if given the chance.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Brad Ziegler struggled again Thursday against the Braves, allowing three hits and two runs in a blown-save loss.

Called on to protect a one-run lead, the 37-year-old "closer" instead served up a leadoff double and a one-out RBI double that tied the game. After intentionally walking Freddie Freeman and getting a second out, Kurt Suzuki delivered the walk-off winner and saddled Ziegler with his second blown-save loss in his last three outings. The veteran reliever now has a 5.04 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings and surely will be replaced in the ninth inning by a more reliable option. Our bet would be on Kyle Barraclough, for the save-needy.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Brad Ziegler has cleared revocable waivers, but a trade "seems all but out of the question" with the Marlins climbing back into the playoff hunt.

The Marlins find themselves 4.5 games out of the National League's second Wild Card spot after winning 13 of their last 16 games. Ziegler has been a big part of it, too, going 9-for-9 in save chances in August without allowing a run. He's owed $9 million next season.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Brad Ziegler delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Padres for his ninth save of the season.

Ziegler needed just nine pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever was having a disappointing year prior to hitting the disabled list in June, but he’s been great since taking over the closer role following the A.J. Ramos trade.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Brad Ziegler recorded his seventh save with a scoreless ninth Tuesday against the Philies.

Ziegler has still yet to allow a run in nine innings since becoming the Marlins' closer. He's 7-for-7 in save chances during the stretch.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:55:00 PM

Brad Ziegler notched his sixth save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Mets.

Ziegler allowed a one-out single to Gavin Cecchini but promptly induced a game-ending double play from Asdrubal Cabrera. The veteran right-hander has been able to fend off Kyle Barraclough for Miami's closer gig, though that could change before the end of the month. Barraclough worked in the eighth inning on Sunday.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 04:10:00 PM

Brad Ziegler tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Mets on Friday for his fifth save.

Ziegler only needed seven pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever was having a brutal year prior to hitting the disabled list in late June, but he has reeled off seven straight scoreless appearances since making his return at the beginning of August.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 12:55:00 AM

Brad Ziegler worked around a hit and a walk to earn his fourth save of the season Saturday against the Rockies.

Ziegler got a couple quick outs on ground balls, his specialty, before allowing a single and a walk to put the tying run in scoring position. He avoided disaster by striking out Gerardo Parra to end the game. The 37-year-old is about as shaky as closer options get -- he's allowed 46 hits in 34 innings this year -- and is only advisable for the incredibly save-needy.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 12:13:00 AM

Brad Ziegler earned a save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday.

He was protecting a three-run lead and allowed only an infield single to Trevor Story with one out. It was his third save since taking over the closer's job from the traded A.J. Ramos. Ziegler isn't exactly the fireballing strikeout artist that usually claims a ninth-inning job but he does have some prior experience. He has 88 career saves, mostly with the Diamondbacks from 2013-16. This year he wields a bloated 5.73 ERA with only 19 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 11:33:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
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