Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
1 month ago

Ziegler agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins on Friday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Marlins, after missing out on one of the elite closers on the free agent market, have now shelled out a combined $28 million over the past two days to bring in Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa. Ziegler split the 2016 season between Arizona and Boston, posting a 2.25 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 68 innings. The sidearmer boosted his K/9 rate back above 7.5 while maintaining a groundball rate over 63 percent. He's plenty capable of stepping into the closer role should A.J. Ramos falter.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler closed out Friday night's 2-1 win, working his way around a leadoff double and an intentional walk to record his fourth save in an Boston uniform.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler got the call in the ninth inning on a night when neither Craig Kimbrel nor Koji Uehara were available. He needed 21 pitches to get the job done, but held on to help Boston win its ninth straight.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler figures to get the ball if a save situation arises Friday, as Craig Kimbrel is unavailable, the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel has pitched in three straight games, making him unavailable Friday. According to MacPherson, it would be Ziegler who would get the ball in a save situation over Koji Uehara. This is a one night only chance to pick up a cheap save off the waiver wire, as Kimbrel will be available Saturday.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
4 months ago

Ziegler made his first appearance in 11 days, allowing a hit and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday night's win over San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler, who had been out of action due to the flu, was well enough to pitch the last couple of days and eventually made it into a game. The right-hander will continue to be used in a setup role, but primarily against right-handed hitters.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler was unavailable Tuesday as he is dealing with the flu, ESPN's Scott Lauber reports.

EDGE Analysis

He wasn't even in the building Tuesday, which was unfortunate for Boston, as Clay Buchholz came on in the eighth inning and lost the game against the Rays. Ziegler should be considered day-to-day in advance of Wednesday's game.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

With Craig Kimbrel unavailable Wednesday, Ziegler would serve as the closer if the Red Sox find themselves in a save situation, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kimbrel will not pitch Wednesday after doing so three of the last four days, which will allow Ziegler to work as the closer for one night. Ziegler has plenty experience in that role, having closed three games since being traded to the Red Sox and tallying 18 saves with the Diamondbacks earlier this season.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler entered Saturday night's game in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and none out and struck out the side in Boston's 6-3 win over the Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

All 10 of Ziegler's pitches were in the strike zone as his performance preserved Boston's lead, setting up Craig Kimbrel to close the door on the Diamondbacks in the ninth. With Junichi Tazawa showing signs of losing effectiveness as an eighth-inning bridge, guys like Ziegler and Matt Barnes are being entrusted to setup duty.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
5 months ago

Ziegler worked around a walk and recorded a strikeout in a scoreless bottom of the 11th inning Thursday to secure a 3-2 win over the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

That's three saves with the Red Sox and 21 on the year for Ziegler, who got the call because Craig Kimbrel had already pitched 1.1 innings (enough to earn the win). It's a nice bonus for Ziegler owners, but he'll see precious few save chances behind a healthy Kimbrel the rest of the way.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
6 months ago

Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit to earn his second save with the Red Sox Sunday at the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Ziegler was protecting a two-run lead, and induced a double play ball after allowing a one-out single to close out the contest. He's now converted two of his three save opportunities since joining the Red Sox, and he has a 2.51 ERA for the entire season.

Brad Ziegler
RP MIA
6 months ago

Ziegler (2-5) gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning Thursday against the Angels, suffering a blown save and a loss.

EDGE Analysis

After six straight scoreless outings to open his time in Boston, Ziegler's come crashing down with consecutive losses, although it's hard to blame him for Hanley Ramirez's game-ending throwing error. His time as the closer is coming to an end soon regardless of his performance, though, as Craig Kimbrel's return from the DL is getting close.