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Diamondbacks reacquire Brad Ziegler, add Jake Diekman via trades

Posted: 10:38 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-31 20:07:57-04
Diamondbacks reacquire Brad Ziegler, add Jake Diekman via trades

Less than two weeks after being announced to the Arizona Diamondbacks' 20th Anniversary Team, relief pitcher Brad Ziegler is on his way back to the Valley.

The D-backs have acquired Ziegler in a trade with the Miami Marlins just hours before the MLB trade deadline. Minor-league relief pitcher Tommy Eveld will head to the Marlins as part of the trade. To make room for Ziegler, the D-backs moved pitcher Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list.

The 38-year-old righthander has 11 years of MLB experience. He spent nearly six seasons with the D-backs from 2011-16, posting a 2.49 ERA and 105 saves in 348 appearances, the most by any pitcher in team history. He has been on a roll with the Marlins of late: He has a 0.64 ERA in his last 28 appearances.

The D-backs traded Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox during the 2016 season. He is set to become a free agent at the end of this season.

Ziegler was named to the D-backs' 20thย Anniversary Team as part of a fan vote this season. He has been an advocate for military members and their families through his organization, Pastime for Patriots,  which provides education-related financial assistance to military children, and offers family-friendly activities, including baseball tickets, for military families.

Also on Tuesday, the D-backs acquired relief pitcher Jake Diekman in a trade with the Texas Rangers. The 31-year-old lefty has a 3.69 ERA in 47 appearances for the Rangers this season. He has a career 3.57 ERA during his seven-year MLB career. The D-backs sent minor-league pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named to the Rangers in the trade. The D-backs designated relief pitcher Jorge De La Rosa for assignment to make room for Diekman.

Diekman won't have to travel far in order to join the D-backs, as the D-backs and Rangers are set to play in the second of their two-game series in Phoenix on Tuesday night. The Rangers defeated the D-backs 9-5 on Monday night thanks in part to Diekman's perfect ninth inning.

In fact, after he was traded, Diekman became the first D-backs pitcher to use the bullpen cart introduced this season.

The Diamondbacks entered Tuesday one-half game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West division, and they hold a one-half-game lead over the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves for the second and final Wild Card spot in the National League.

Last week, the D-backs traded for Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar  in an effort to boost their postseason chances.

The D-backs are looking to advance to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 2001-02. They made the playoffs as a Wild Card team last season.