Red Sox target Brad Ziegler traded to Arizona, per report

Alex Reimer
July 31, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Another potential Red Sox bullpen target is off the board. The Marlins have shipped veteran right-hander Brad Ziegler to the Diamondbacks, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. It will be Ziegler’s second stint with Arizona.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Red Sox sniffed around on Ziegler, whom they acquired at the deadline in 2016. Ziegler, 38, garnered a 1.52 ERA and 1.247 WHIP in 33 appearances with the Sox down the stretch. Crasnick says the Red Sox quickly moved onto other options, however. 

Given Ziegler’s previous success in Boston, it make sense the Red Sox reportedly inquired about him. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.

The Red Sox have been linked to seemingly every rental reliever available, but have failed to land one. Dave Dombrowski has improved the club in other ways, bringing aboard first baseman Steve Pearce, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and second baseman Ian Kinsler over the last month.

Kinsler, who was acquired Monday, gives the Red Sox an instant upgrade at second base over Eduardo Nunez. Eovaldi threw seven shutout innings in his debut Sunday, whereas Pearce is hitting .333 with a .921 OPS in 57 plate appearances. 

In a session with reporters Monday night, Dombrowski said the Red Sox could be done adding pieces. "If I was telling you right now, it probably would come out of the blue more so," he said, per WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “We still have a lot of conversations we've had with clubs but I wouldn't be surprised if this was the last thing we did. I know a lot of people keep talking about our bullpen, we like a lot of things about our bullpen, it's been pitching well. Again, we're open-minded but we're also in a spot where who's available, who's not available, do they make us better? We'll see. A lot of things come out of the blue the last day.”

There remains a glut of relievers on the market, including Bud Norris, Jake Diekman, Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen and Jared Hughes. But even if the Red Sox don’t improve their bullpen before the 4:00 p.m. deadline, they could still add an arm in August.

With a six-game lead over the Yankees, they have time. 

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