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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 231
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
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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. Aug 13 - 12:13 AM

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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.
Aug 11 - 11:33 PM

Brad Ziegler earned his second save Sunday afternoon against the Braves.

Ziegler surrendered a two-out single to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the ninth, but he whiffed Nick Markakis to ice the 4-1 victory for Atlanta. The veteran right-hander is serving as Miami's closer with A.J. Ramos now pitching for the Mets and Kyle Barraclough still recovering from a right shoulder impingement.
Aug 6 - 4:54 PM

Brad Ziegler worked around a pair of singles to pitch a scoreless ninth and pick up his first save Tuesday against the Nationals.

Ziegler had a terrible first 2 1/2 months and this was his first appearance back after six weeks on the disabled list, yet he was the choice in the ninth with A.J. Ramos gone and Kyle Barraclough and Nick Wittgren on the DL. Expect him to keep getting opportunities until he blows one. Still, we're not sure he'll prove reliable; he has a 6.30 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 30 innings for the season.
Aug 1 - 10:53 PM

Marlins activated RHP Brad Ziegler from the 10-day disabled list.

Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Ziegler will serve as the Marlins' closer after the departure of A.J. Ramos to the Mets on Friday. He has struggled this season, posting a 6.52 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 17/13 K/BB ratio across his 29 frames.
Jul 29 - 1:21 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that Brad Ziegler is likely to close games for the Marlins following the departure of A.J. Ramos.

Ziegler is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. The 37-year-old hurler owns a disappointing 6.52 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 17/13 K/BB ratio over 29 innings this season. Junichi Tazawa could also be in the mix for save opportunities.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 29 - 9:31 AM

Brad Ziegler (back) allowed an unearned run over one inning of work Tuesday in his first minor league rehab appearance with the GCL Marlins.

Ziegler, out for over a month with a back strain, allowed two hits and walked one while striking out a pair. The veteran reliever should rejoin the Marlins in the next few days. Ziegler owns a disappointing 6.52 ERA over 34 appearances this season.
Jul 25 - 2:50 PM

Marlins placed RHP Brad Ziegler on the 10-day disabled list with a right back strain.

Ziegler had been on a nice roll in June before getting blown up for seven runs -- five earned -- over his last two appearances. Junichi Tazawa has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
Jun 22 - 2:19 PM

Brad Ziegler is unscored upon in his last eight appearances.

Ziegler has had a rough go of it in his first year in Miami after inking a two-year, $16 million deal, as his ERA still sits at 5.47 and WHIP at 1.63 even after the nice stretch. A.J. Ramos seems like a decent bet to be traded next month, but Ziegler might no longer be next in line for saves as he would've been coming into the year.
Jun 13 - 8:32 AM

Marlins signed RHP Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $16 million contract.

He can earn more through incentives. Ziegler is 37 but was as effective as ever in 2016, posting a 2.25 ERA for the Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He'll be used in a setup role ahead of A.J. Ramos in Miami but could potentially step into the ninth inning if Ramos scuffles.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brad Ziegler has agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins.

The deal is pending a physical. Ziegler also has the ability to earn more than $16 million based on incentives. There had been growing speculation that Ziegler was close to signing. He'll join Junichi Tazawa and Kyle Barraclough to form a formidable setup crew in front of closer A.J. Ramos.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 08:41:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes that Brad Ziegler could be the next free agent reliever to find a new home.

Ziegler is rumored to be looking for a three-year deal at about $8 million per year, but he might have to settle for a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $17 million, perhaps with an option attached. The 37-year-old doesn't put up a ton of strikeouts, but he saved 22 games with a 2.25 ERA in 2016 and saved 30 games with a 1.85 ERA in 2015.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:27:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation writes that the Marlins are still involved in the free agent relief market after missing out on Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

Cotillo names Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa among the possibilities. Both pitchers have been linked to the Marlins previously and it's no surprise they are still searching for help after missing out on the big names in the market. Cotillo reported earlier in the day on Thursday that Ziegler is "sifting through multiple offers and could decide soon." The belief is that the 37-year-old could land a three-year deal or two years with an option.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 04:59:00 PM

A source told SB Nation's Chris Cotillo that free agent Brad Ziegler is "sifting through multiple offers and could decide soon."

Cotillo says he's expected to land a three-year deal or two years with an option -- fair length in this market for an established but 37-year-old setup man. Ziegler registered a cool 2.25 ERA in 68 innings this past season between Arizona and Boston, though it did come with an ugly 1.368 WHIP. There's said to be interest from nine of the 10 teams that made the playoffs in 2016, along with the Marlins.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 02:59:00 PM

Markets are "heating up" for free agent relievers Brad Ziegler and Neftali Feliz, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

This is the next tier of available bullpen options, and an agreement could come quickly for both of these guys now that Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon are off the table. Brett Cecil too. Cotillo reported earlier this month that Ziegler has drawn interest from 10 teams, nine of which made the playoffs in 2016. Miami is also known to be intrigued. Feliz is drawing the same kind of attention from the same kind of clubs.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:29:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Justin Bour
2Tyler Moore
3Tomas Telis
2B1Dee Gordon
2Mike Aviles
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3B1Martin Prado
2Derek Dietrich
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Christian Yelich
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Edinson Volquez
3Dan Straily
4Jose Urena
5Chris O'Grady
6Adam Conley
7Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Junichi Tazawa
4Dustin McGowan
5Nick Wittgren
6Drew Steckenrider
7Jarlin Garcia
8Brian Ellington
9Hunter Cervenka
10Odrisamer Despaigne
11Javy Guerra