The Arizona Diamondbacks have been looking to avoid arbitration with their best relief pitcher Brad Ziegler. Ziegler posted a 2.16 ERA last season between the Oakland Athletics and his trade to the Diamondbacks, and was one of the most effective bullpen pitchers the D-Backs had to use. Ziegler had filed for a big deal as he was up for arbitration, but came to terms with Arizona for a deal that mutually satisfied both parties.
MLB Trade Rumors has the story about Ziegler's deal.
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year deal with Brad Ziegler, avoiding arbitration, MLBTR has learned. The right-handed reliever will earn $1.795MM in 2012.
As MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows, the Riverfront Sports client filed for $1.945MM while the Diamondbacks countered with a $1.46MM offer.
The Diamondbacks now have an excellent arm out of the pen that can help charge their lineup. He should be a useful complement to an underrated starting rotation that should help win a lot of games next season in the NL West, a division not really well-known for its offensive firepower. As a right-handed specialist, Ziegler will have his hands full trying to hold down some of the best hitters in the West.
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