Bradley built a full weight room that includes a pitching mound at his ranch in Oklahoma, Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports reports. Bradley has been staying in baseball shape along with friend and fellow MLB hurler Adrian Houser of the Brewers in Oklahoma. "One day I'm super motivated and I'm locked in ready to get back to the season and the next day it's like, 'Oh, well, we're - we don't even have a spring training date set. What am I working out for right now?' It's such a weird time," said Bradley. The right-hander is coming off a rocky season in which he lost the closer's job but returned to that role over the final two months. He entered the spring as the closer and did nothing to lose the confidence of manager Torey Lovullo since then.
Bradley threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday's spring game against Cleveland. Bradley did not allow a hit or walk a batter while throwing nine pitches (eight strikes) in the fourth inning. This was Bradley's second Cactus League appearance, and he's allowed one hit with a strikeout in two scoreless innings. He enters the year as Arizona's closer for now, but it wasn't too long ago that Bradley pitched himself out of that role.
Bradley will make $4.1 million this season after beating the Diamondbacks in arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. His employer had filed at $3.625 million. Bradley is expected to close after saving 18 games with a 3.52 ERA last season, though manager Mike Hazen still referred to the team's closer situation as a "competition," with Hector Rondon seemingly Bradley's main rival for the job.
Bradley is expected to be the primary closer for the Diamondbacks in 2020, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen talked about the team's closing situation after the Diamondbacks made official the signing of Hector Rondon, a power pitcher with closing experience. Bradley had an inconsistent season and at one point was not trusted to pitch when the Diamondbacks were leading, but he finished the season as the team's closer. "I would imagine, given where we were at the end of the year, that there will be some incumbency to be considered," Hazen said. "But that won't 100 percent overshadow competition. But I think certainly Archie performed very well for us in that role down the stretch." He saved all 14 opportunities with a 2.12 ERA, 17 strikeouts and seven walks in 17 innings over the final 17 appearances.
Bradley allowed one hit and one walk but recorded the final two outs to record the save Wednesday against the Cardinals. Bradley was called into action after Jimmie Sherfy allowed two baserunners to reach base to begin the ninth inning. However, Bradley also started on shaky ground, walking the first batter he faced before allowing a two-RBI single. Ultimately, he got Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a double play to end the contest and record his 17th save of the season. Bradley has not been charged with an earned run in each of his last eight appearances, lowering his ERA from 4.00 to 3.57.
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