The Miami Marlins struck out on adding an elite closer to the their bullpen this offseason, but have reportedly struck a deal with an appealing consolation prize in veteran Brad Ziegler.
According to Ken Rosenthal FOX Sports, Miami reached a two-year, $16M deal with the 37-year-old side-armer on Friday. The agreement reportedly includes performance incentives, but won’t be finalized until the veteran takes a physical.
The Marlins have now added two key relievers in a span of 24 hours. On Thursday, they signed right-hander Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million contract. Both Ziegler and Tazawa finished the 2016 season with the Boston Red Sox, who have also lost Koji Uehara in free agency.
The Marlins pursuit of bullpen help has been no secret this offseason. They made aggressive offers to both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, with reports indicating they actually offered Jansen more than the Dodgers. Jansen ended up opting for comfort and familiarity, while Chapman received aRead More »from Marlins reach reported agreement with Brad Ziegler as bullpen takes shape