Miami Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler knew he might be the subject of trade talks even before Spring Training began down in Jupiter, Florida.
Now, with less than 65 games remaining in the 2018 season and the MLB non-waiver trade deadline only three days away, there is a very strong possibility this weekend might the last for Brad Ziegler in South Florida with the Miami Marlins.
Brad Ziegler understands this is a business first, where winning and losing is the most important thing. If the Marlins can trade the veteran submarine-style pitcher for future considerations, he knows it’s for the future of this organization
Now, it appears there are several playoff contenders who want Ziegler as part of their organization. As noted on mlbtraderumors.com, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com breaks down the potential possibilities of a trade for the former Marlins closer.
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"“After a rough start to the season that saw him lose his job as the team’s closer, sidewinder Brad Ziegler has rebounded nicely to post a 3.08 ERA in 39 appearances since the start of May (though peripherals paint a worse picture),” Frisaro explains. “The Marlins have plenty of potential suitors for the right-hander.”"
While he is not the only reliever on the list of many teams looking for bullpen help (it appears every playoff contender could use help on their pitching staff), with three other youngsters on the radar of a host of teams.
According to the website, the Cubs, Indians, Red Sox and A’s as potential fits.
"“It’s worth noting that the latter two clubs are already familiar with Ziegler, as he’s spent time pitching for both organizations. The 38-year-old has already been traded twice in his lengthy career, and is playing out the final months of a two-year, $16MM deal,” Frisaro added."
The Marlins should look to get something for Ziegler, given this will likely be his final season in Miami and will be a free agent. Since Miami has decided to take a younger approach to its pitching staff, it almost a guarantee Ziegler will not be part of the organization’s plans in 2019 and beyond.
Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley, and Kyle Barraclough have all received plenty of attention from teams looking to make a deal. It has been written by several sites the price on any of these three pitchers, who will be under contract next season in Miami, is higher than some organizations are willing to pay.
In any deal, the Marlins will seek future prospects in return for each pitcher.