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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
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Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears from a source that about 12 teams are interested in free agent reliever Brad Ziegler.
Cotillo writes that Ziegler is "emerging as a strong Plan B" for teams who aren't willing to spend on the big-name relievers like Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and even Mark Melancon. It's a logical sales pitch for his agent to make. Ziegler doesn't fit the mold of a dominant late-inning reliever, but he owns a 2.44 ERA in the majors and induces a ton of ground balls. He turned 37 last month. Nov 29 - 1:38 PM

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Brad Ziegler held on Friday against the Rays for his 22nd save of the season.

Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after pitching the previous three days. Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to Evan Longoria, but he retired the next two batters before intentionally walking Corey Dickerson to pitch to Juniel Querecuto. The decision paid off, as Ziegler struck out Querecuto swinging to finish off Boston’s ninth straight victory.
Sep 23 - 10:12 PM

Brad Ziegler (flu) will be available Saturday against the Athletics.

He's finally feeling good enough to pitch after battling the flu all week. The 36-year-old has recorded a solid 1.89 ERA in 20 appearances since joining the Red Sox in a midseason trade. He's been setting up for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Sep 3 - 7:08 PM

Brad Ziegler (flu) remains unavailable Wednesday.

And he won't fly on the team charter to the West Coast after Wednesday's game, though the Red Sox are hoping he can make that trip on his own Friday. Ziegler has been fighting a bad case of the flu, so the Red Sox are keeping him away from their other players.
Aug 31 - 11:56 AM

Brad Ziegler was unavailable Tuesday due to the flu.

He was sent home before the game, an eventual 4-3 loss to the Rays. Ziegler is day-to-day.
Aug 30 - 10:34 PM

Brad Ziegler picked up his 20th save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Angels.

Boston rallied for five runs against Angels closer Huston Street in the top of the ninth inning and Ziegler made it stick with a scoreless bottom of the ninth. It was his first outing since he blew a save in Thursday's series opener at Angel Stadium. Craig Kimbrel (knee) is due back Monday.
Jul 31 - 7:26 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Blake Swihart
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Marco Hernandez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Travis Shaw
2Pablo Sandoval
3Yoan Moncada
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Clay Buchholz
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Fernando Abad
3Robbie Ross
4Matt Barnes
5Robby Scott
6Joe Kelly
7Heath Hembree
8Noe Ramirez
9Brandon Workman
10Carson Smith
11Kyle Martin
12Luis Ysla