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
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