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Diamondbacks reacquire Brad Ziegler, add Jake Diekman via trades

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

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' 20th 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.