Brad Ziegler signs extension with Diamondbacks

Norm Hall

Reliever Brad Ziegler has agreed to an extension with the Diamondbacks, covering the next two seasons with a team option for 2016.

Considering Ziegler found out he'd been traded to the Diamondbacks on Twitter, I think it's kinda cool that he got to break the news of his own extension through the same medium! 2014 would have been Ziegler's fourth year of arbitration, since he qualified as a "super two" player in 2011, giving him an extra year there. He earned $3.15 million last season, and the breakdown of the new deal was announced by Ken Rosenthal shortly thereafter:

That seems like a bargain, considering MLB Trade Rumors expected a $5 million settlement for Ziegler in arbitration next year, and is certainly fully deserved. In 178 games and 162.1 innings for the Diamondbacks, Ziegler has a 2.27 ERA. That works out to a 174 ERA+ which is the best all-time by any Arizona pitcher with fifty-plus innings for the team. Alternatively, over the past three seasons, Ziegler is in the top ten major-league relievers by ERA+, with 100 or more innings of work in that time. Really, you could argue that the deal of Ziegler, getting him in exchange for Brandon Allen and Jordan Norberto, is among Kevin Towers'' best.

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