Diamondbacks sign Brad Ziegler to two-year extension
D-Backs reliever Brad Ziegler was set to hit free agency after this coming season, but instead he's signed a two-year extension with an option for a third year.
Just agreed to an extension with the @Dbacks! Really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least!— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) December 20, 2013
Yes, he broke the news of his signing on Twitter. C'est la vie in the 21st century.
Ziegler was not a free agent, as he was in his final arbitration year, so the D-Backs weren't in danger of losing him. He was set for free agency after this coming season before this new contract. The deal is for two years with a club option, though, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, so Ziegler's new deal buys out at least one year of free agency and possibly two.
Ziegler, 34, had 13 saves and 11 holds against only two blown saves last season with a 2.22 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 73 innings. He's one of the best groundball pitchers in the majors and has been for years.