The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to an extension with right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler, according to reports. The contract is a two-year, $10.5 million deal with an option for 2016. The righty has been terrific in his time with the D-Backs.
Ziegler will make $4.5 million in 2014, $5 million in 2015, and has an option for 2016 for $5.5 million or a $1 million buyout. The deal on Friday avoided arbitration between the sides.
In 2013, 34-year-old Ziegler went 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA while appearing in a NL-high 78 games. He also added 13 saves in 15 opportunities. Since his first full season in Arizona in 2012, Ziegler has gone 14-2 with a 2.35 ERA. In that time frame, he has also posted a 168 ERA+. Mostly a ground ball pitcher (career 1.96 ground ball to fly ball ratio), Ziegler's value skyrocketed since coming to Chase Field in Arizona. While only allowing 28% of inherited runners to score, expect Ziegler to continue to be a force in the Arizona bullpen.
Ziegler confirmed the reports on Twitter and is, "Really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years at least!" One of the most effective right-handers in the game, the Diamondbacks will have a good setup man in Ziegler at least through the 2015 season.