Ziegler announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday afternoon via his personal Twitter account. Ziegler spent 11 years in the big leagues, dating back to his debut with Oakland in 2008. Over 717.1 innings throughout his career, he logged a 2.75 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 479 strikeouts and 105 saves. In his release, Ziegler stated, "The daily grind has taken its toll on my body. There were really tough times in the past two seasons when I wondered if I could physically continue doing what it would take to stay on the field, and even if I could continue to perform at the level I always had." Across a career-high 82 appearances split between Miami and Arizona this past season, he posted a 3.91 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 10 saves in 73.2 innings. He heads to retirement as the Diamondbacks' franchise leader in wins, innings pitched and appearances by a reliever.
Ziegler was credited with his 15th hold of the season after retiring both of the batters he faced Tuesday in the Diamondbacks' 6-0 win over the Padres. After starter Robbie Ray exited with one out and no runners on in the top of the seventh inning, Ziegler was summoned from the bullpen and recorded the final two outs of the frame to preserve the shutout. Since being charged with four runs in his first appearance with the Diamondbacks after being acquired from the Marlins on July 31, Ziegler has been stellar in middle relief, posting a 1.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 16 appearances.
Ziegler retired two of the three batters he faced but was charged with an earned run Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 win over the Angels. The Diamondbacks' shutout bid was spoiled when Ziegler surrendered a double to Jabari Blash and then allowed him to score on a fielder's choice groundout. It spelled an end to a nine-appearance scoreless streak for the 38-year-old, who has resumed generating weak contact at a high clip after being blitzed for four runs in his team debut Aug. 2.
Ziegler was charged with four earned runs on three hits and a walk over one inning in the Diamondbacks' 8-1 loss to the Giants. After spending parts of six seasons in Arizona from 2011 through 2016, Ziegler rejoined the team Tuesday, when he became one of three relievers the Diamondbacks acquired prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. Ziegler's homecoming to the desert didn't go nearly as well as expected, as the soft-tossing veteran retired only three of the seven hitters he faced to effectively quash the Diamondbacks' chances of wining the series opener. Prior to Thursday's implosion, Ziegler had performed in dominant fashion over the past two months with the Marlins, accruing a 0.69 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over his previous 26 appearances.
Ziegler was dealt to the Diamondbacks from the Marlins in exchange for Tommy Eveld on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports. After a rough start to the 2018 campaign, Ziegler has logged a 0.64 ERA in his past 28 appearances dating back to June 5. He will add another strong arm to the bullpen in Arizona that includes fellow right-handers Brad Boxberger, Archie Bradley, Yoshihisa Hirano and Matt Andriese. Don't expect to see Ziegler get a chance as the Diamondbacks' closer, especially after the failed experiment in Miami to go along with his low 6.4 K/9. Ziegler previously spent time in Arizona from 2011 to 2016.