As expected, the Arizona Diamondbacks exercised the 2016 contract options for pitchers Brad Ziegler and Josh Collmenter. Ziegler will earn $5.5 million dollars next year while Collmenter will receive $1.825 million dollars. With the retention of these two pitchers, the only two players from the 2015 team who are not under contract are catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and pitcher David Hernandez.
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Ziegler enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career as he became the Snakes’ closer when Addison Reed was removed from the role in June. He converted 30 of 32 save opportunities and finished with a 1.85 ERA, the lowest number of his D-backs’ career. He allowed 48 hits and 17 walks in 68 innings pitched, the first time his WHIP was ever below 1.00. Ziegler’s season can be considered a pleasant surprise as he underwent microfracture knee surgery last offseason.
Collmenter was Arizona’s Opening Day starter in 2015 and had a good first six weeks. However, he struggled mightily in the middle of May and was eventually pushed back to his long reliever role he has thrived in during the course of his career. Considering how badly he pitched for a period of time, his end-of-year numbers were pretty respectable. Collmenter went 4-6 with a 3.79 ERA in 121 innings pitched. He also has an option for 2017; he will get $2.25 million dollars if the team picks up the option or he will be bought out for $150,000.