Posted December 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
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.

Ziegler signs multi-year contract extension with D-backs

PHOENIX -- Brad Ziegler, who held the bullpen together when the Diamondbacks turned to him as their closer last season, has agreed to a new contract, he said in a tweet Friday. Ziegler, who was in his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility this winter, is to make $4.5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015. The D-backs have a $5.5 million option for 2016 with a $1 million...

MLB pitchers could wear protective headgear as early as next season

Is Addison Reed an Injury Risk?

This week, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded for closer Addison Reed.  What they gave up was third baseman Matt Davidson, who was considered to be one of their top five prospects.  Considering Davidson’s strikeout problems and suspect defense at the hot corner, the loss may not be all that too significant.  However, what they gained in Reed is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher...

D-backs promote Mark Grace

The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Mark Grace to hitting coach of Class A Hillsboro, 16 months after the former All-Star left his broadcasting job following a second DUI arrest. Grace was a minor league hitting instructor last season. He also served a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program last spring. His new role was announced by the Diamondbacks on Friday. ...

MLB pitchers could wear protective headgear as early as next season

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a pitcher from serious injury. "They're coming," McCarthy said of...

Addison Reed Videobombs Matt Davidson

You may have heard that recent swapees Addison Reed and Matt Davidson do their offseason workouts at the same place. On Friday afternoon, Chris Rose and Kevin Millar brought Davidson aboard their MLB Network show "Intentional Talk." And I guess you could say there was some good timing one the interview got underway ... or something like that. Click the picture below to watch. Enjoy!

Addison Reed Video Bombs Matt Davidson

During Matt Davidson’s interview on Intentional Talk, Addison Reed (the player the Diamondbacks received in return for Davidson) video bombs his interview. Reed was known as a bit of prankster during his brief stint with the Chicago White Sox, but I have to admit this was pretty funny. Not quite as funny, Chris Rose. Seriously. [RELATED: Addison Reed Traded for Matt Davidson] Addison...

McCarthy: Pitchers might wear headgear by next year

Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy tells's Jimmy Traina that a project is in the works to protect pitchers and could be in use by 2014.

Brandon McCarthy Says Pitchers Could Begin Wearing Protective Headgear as Soon as 2014 (Audio)

The idea of a major league pitcher wearing a helmet is no longer as crazy as it once seemed. Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who suffered a serious injury in 2012 when a line drive struck him on the side of the head, told FOX Sports’ Jimmy Traina on Wednesday that MLB pitchers might have the option to wear protective headgear as soon as the upcoming season. “They’re...

Protective headgear for pitchers in 2014

Ryan MacLeod (Ryanmacleod15)Contributing WriterIn a recent news story released first by Fox Sports, pitchers will be given the option to wear protective headgear when on the mound in the 2014 season. Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy informed "The Buzz" podcast to discuss the idea of protective headgear on pitchers. McCarthy suffered a serious head injury in 2012 when...

MLB Pitchers To Wear Protective Headgear In 2014

  First, it was the ban on home plate collisions. Now, MLB is moving forward to provide protective headgear options to pitchers to prevent head injuries. MLB is taking a note from the head trauma mess that the NFL is imbed in, by taking the necessary steps to prevent head injuries going on. Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy said the option for headgear should be made available...
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