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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
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Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.
Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday. Jul 29 - 8:34 PM

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Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds.
Jul 29 - 1:36 AM

Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list.
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value.
Jul 20 - 2:23 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Saturday that Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara will share save chances in Craig Kimbrel's absence.

Many assumed that Ziegler would automatically step in and assume the ninth inning role, but it appears as though Uehara will remain in the mix as well. With a few successful conversions though, one guy could settle into the job.
Jul 9 - 1:53 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks for OF Luis Alexander Basabe and RHP Jose Almonte.

Ziegler will go back to being a setup man in Boston, assuming that Craig Kimbrel's knee injury isn't serious. If Kimbrel does land on the DL, then Ziegler likely would close over Koji Uehara. Otherwise, Ziegler's fantasy value is totally shot. The Diamondbacks will probably go with Tyler Clippard in the closer's role for now. Daniel Hudson was the primary fallback a month ago, but he's really struggled of late.
Jul 9 - 1:49 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes the Cardinals could target a reliever at the trade deadline.

The Cardinals' bullpen has been among the most stable in baseball over the past several seasons but has fallen on hard times recently with Trevor Rosenthal struggling and Kevin Siegrist out with mononucleosis. Brad Ziegler, who is in the final year of his contract, was one name Gould suggested as a possible fit. Aroldis Chapman would also make sense for St. Louis if the Yankees make him available. If the Cards want to address their bullpen issues internally, they could look to promote top prospect Alex Reyes.
Jul 5 - 10:14 AM

Brad Ziegler gave up a leadoff single in the ninth inning but worked around it for his 17th save of the season on Saturday.

Ziegler is not much of a strikeout guy. He entices batters to hit the ball on the ground. All four batters he faced tonight hit the ball on the ground. Three went for outs. Ziegler has a 2.80 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances.
Jul 3 - 1:54 AM

Brad Ziegler notched his 15th save of the season Monday against the Phillies.

Ziegler gave up an inning-opening single to Odubel Herrera and then Andres Blanco reached on a Nick Ahmed fielding error, but Tommy Joseph hit into a double play and Cameron Rupp struck out to end the game. Ziegler has a 2.64 ERA in 30 2/3 innings this season and he's 15-for-15 in save chances.
Jun 20 - 3:53 PM

Brad Ziegler earned his 14th save of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Phillies.

Ziegler gave up a one-out single to Andres Blanco, but promptly erased that threat by inducing a game-ending double play from Ryan Howard. There's talk of Ziegler being moved at the trade deadline, which could kill his fantasy value, but Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday that he's also considering a contract extension for the veteran reliever.
Jun 18 - 5:49 PM

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday that he's been getting calls on relievers Ben Ziegler and Daniel Hudson.

Stewart said he'll consider contract extensions for both ahead of this year's August 1 trade deadline, but that could be a negotiating ploy. Ziegler is 36 years old and due to become a free agent this winter. It'd make much more sense for the Diamondbacks, currently 29-38 on the season, to try to trade him for some youth. Hudson can also become a free agent this winter, but he's only 29 years old and has been terrific since converting from a starter to a reliever.
Jun 15 - 12:51 PM

Brad Ziegler gave up a couple of hits and struck out one batter while working the ninth inning for his 12th save in Arizona on Saturday.

Ziegler allowed singles to the first two batters of the inning but then coaxed a double play ball from Christian Yelich, then struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the game. Ziegler is not the prototypical dominant closer. His 5.19 K/9 strikeout rate is one of the lowest in the majors. He survives by generating a very high ground ball percentage and very rarely allowing a home run. Ziegler has a 2.50 career ERA in 554 innings so we can't argue against his approach.
Jun 12 - 1:24 AM

Brad Ziegler picked up his eighth save in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Yankees, working around a walk for a scoreless ninth inning.

Ziegler entered action in the ninth with the Diamondbacks holding a 5-3 lead. He would keep it that way in closing out the game. Only a two-out walk to Chase Headley presented any sort of a challenge to the veteran right-hander. He would retire Didi Gregorius on a grounder to extinguish that threat. For the season, Ziegler is 8-for-8 in save chances and holds a 2.60 ERA and 11/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.
May 18 - 1:04 AM

Brad Ziegler (fingers) is available for Monday's game against the Yankees.

Ziegler was hit in the fingers on his right hand in the ninth inning on Sunday, but it's not a serious concern. He should be good to go for a potential save chance.
May 16 - 6:01 PM

Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Saturday to earn his sixth save.

Ziegler faced a veritable who's who of replacement-level players, retiring Reid Brignac, Erick Aybar and Daniel Castro to close out the win. He's had a few hiccups but has been largely good this year, posting a 2.70 ERA in 13 appearances. He has yet to blow a save in six chances.
May 7 - 11:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
4Bryce Brentz
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Michael Martinez
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Sean O'Sullivan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman