July 2011

D-backs acquire Ziegler

LOS ANGELES — One day after solidifying the backend of their starting rotation with Jason Marquis the D-backs bolstered their bullpen Sunday by acquiring reliever Brad Ziegler from the A’s in exchange for first baseman Brandon Allen and reliever Jordan Norberto.

The side-arming right-hander was 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 43 games for the A’s this season and is 11-13 with a 2.49 ERA in 223 games over his four-year career.

The backend of the D-backs bullpen has been a strength this year with setup man David Hernandez and closer J.J. Putz providing a solid one-two punch. However past those two, the team has struggled to find consistency.

Additional depth was also a need given that this is Hernandez’s first year as reliever and the team wants to make sure he can handle the intense workload.

The 31-year-old Ziegler garnered national attention in 2008 when he set the Major League record for scoreless innings to begin a career at 39.

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