Brad Ziegler RP ARI 4 Months

Diamondbacks and RHP Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $5.5 million club option for 2016 or a $1 million buyout. Ziegler was in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the D'Backs have bought out at least one year of free agency. The side-arming right-hander has posted a 2.35 ERA over the last two seasons for Arizona and will help set up for them again in 2014.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 5 Months

In lieu of Jhonny Peralta's four-year, $53 million contract with the Cardinals, there could soon be changes coming to baseball's Joint Drug Agreement between the players union and the owners.

Brad Ziegler, who is the Diamondbacks player representative, tweeted Sunday, "It pays to cheat", and "Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use." Ziegler elborated, "We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it's not. So we are working on it again." It certainly sounds like many other players are echoing those same sentiments, and a likely scenario is that changes could be proposed to the agreement during the player's union annual board meeting in December. It obviously isn't good for the game if the penalties for PED use aren't enough of a deterrent, and incorporating the forfeiture of salary could be one increased penalty that is discussed.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 7 Months

Brad Ziegler earned his 11th save against the Dodgers on Monday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Ziegler surrendered a pair of singles but walked the tightrope and protected a one-read lead. He's strung together seven consecutive scoreless frames, nice to see after Ziegler's rough patch in late August. The right-hander is 11-for-13 in save conversions and boasts a 2.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 7 Months

Brad Ziegler notched his 10th save on Wednesday against the Dodgers, tossing a perfect ninth inning in a 4-1 victory.

Ziegler has fired six consecutive 1-2-3 innings, a run that began on August 30. He owns a poor 37/21 K/BB ratio over 71 appearances, but Ziegler's success comes by inducing weak contact and he's done so often this year, posting a 2.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 7 Months

Brad Ziegler earned his first save since August 7 by tossing a perfect ninth in Thursday's win against the Giants.

No Arizona pitcher has earned a save since August 18, when J.J. Putz did so against the Pirates because the game went 16 innings. Ziegler owners have in some ways been compensated for his dearth of saves, because the right-hander has notched four wins since the beginning of last month.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 8 Months

Brad Ziegler gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a save against the Padres on Tuesday.

It's time for the Diamondbacks to put Ziegler back into a setup role, but their best option to replace him, J.J. Putz, just returned to the DL with a finger injury. Unless they want to go back to Heath Bell -- and they don't -- Ziegler will likely keep the job for now.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 8 Months

Brad Ziegler blew his first save of the season Monday against the Orioles.

Ziegler, who was called upon to protect a one-read, loaded the bases via two hits and a walk with one out. Baltimore scratched the singles from a fortuitous chopper and a questionable defensive play by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on an infield one-bagger, so it wasn't as though the Orioles flogged Ziegler. Nick Markakis nearly poked a double down the left field line, but the ball sliced foul and Markakis instead sacrificed to center. Ziegler popped Manny Machado out to short to end the inning. Adam Eaton's walkoff homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth gifted Ziegler the win, improving his record to 6-1. Prior to this evening, Ziegler hadn't allowed a run since July 4. His ninth-inning gig isn't in jeopardy.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 8 Months

Brad Ziegler notched his seventh save Wednesday against the Rays, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in a 9-8 win.

A walk and a single put runners on first and second for Evan Longoria, but Ziegler induced a game-ending double play grounder. Ziegler, considered a right-handed specialist, was an odd choice to take over closing duties when skipper Kirk Gibson tired of Heath Bell and J.J. Putz, but the side-armer has rewarded his manager with 12 consecutive scoreless appearances since Ziegler earned his first save on Independence Day. He's posted a 2.10 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the year.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 9 Months

The Diamondbacks plan to use Brad Ziegler in the closer role for the time being.

It seemed evident that Ziegler was the favorite for saves in Arizona after he nailed down his third save in as many appearances on Monday. The side-armer boasts a 2.58 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 51 appearances this season, though he's struck out just 24 over 45 1/3 frames. Ziegler has been vulnerable to left-handed bats in his career but has managed to hold them in check this season.

Brad Ziegler RP ARI 9 Months

Brad Ziegler picked up his fourth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Giants.

The Diamondbacks were expected to decide on a closer over the All-Star break, so Ziegler appears to be the leading candidates for saves in the short-term. The 33-year-old right-hander has a 2.58 ERA in 51 appearances, but is averaging just 85 mph on his fastball this season.