Ziegler, D-backs agree to 2-year, $10.5M deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Brad

Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the

right-handed reliever.

Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying he’s ”really

excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least.”

Under the contract, the side-arm pitcher gets $4.5 million for

2014 and $5 million for 2015 with a $5.5 million option for 2016

that includes a $1 million buyout.

The 34-year-old pitcher has spent the last two seasons with the

Diamondbacks, going 14-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Last season, Ziegler

inherited the closer’s role due to injuries and struggles by

others. He had a career-high 13 saves in 15 opportunities. Last

season, he was 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA.

Also on Friday, the Diamondbacks officially reported they had

reached an agreement on a one-year contract with third baseman Eric

Chavez. Chavez gets $3.5 million plus $1 million if he reaches a

threshold of days on the active roster.

In addition, Arizona announced its minor-league coaching

assignments. They include Mark Grace, the former Diamondbacks first

baseman, then television analyst before a pair of DUI arrests in a

15-month period cost him that job. The Diamondbacks kept him on as

a spring training hitting instructor this year.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin will manage Arizona’s Triple-A

team in Reno. He replaces Brett Butler, who left to become third

base coach in Miami.

Former Diamondbacks catcher Robbie Hammock goes from managing

Hillsboro to managing high Class A Visalia. Hammock played six

seasons for the Diamondbacks, memorably catching Randy Johnson’s

perfect game.