Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (29) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
File this under “not surprised”. According to Jerry Crasnick at ESPN (via MLBtraderumors), the Arizona Diamondbacks have been fielding a lot of calls regarding reliever Brad Ziegler. Every year at this time, relief pitchers such as Ziggy are always in such high demand.
According to Darren Wolfson at ESPN 1500 (also via MLBtraderumors), the Minnesota Twins are one such team:
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As you can see by Crasnick’s tweet, the D’backs would have to be “overwhelmed” to move their best reliever. The 35-year old right-hander is in the midst of a tremendous season. His 1.21 ERA (the result of a run given up last night) is one of the lowest in baseball among players at his position and as he has shown this year, he can make a seamless transition to a closer’s role. He is also under contract for 2016 at an affordable $5.5 million dollars or a $1 million dollar buyout.
While no one outside of Paul Goldschmidt is “untouchable”, the only way I can see Ziegler being dealt is if the player or players coming back can contribute from Opening Day 2016. The organization wants to win in 2016 and starting out next year with essentially one hand tied behind their collective backs is not a way to do that. That’s how valuable Ziegler is to this team right now.