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More Bullpen Help Needed So Two Acquired

With insider’s, Jon Heyman & Buster Olney, reporting that the Diamondbacks are still in the market for relief pitching help, it would make sense for Arizona to try and find themselves an upgrade over Jorge De La Rosa, who has the worst WHIP, FIP, H/9, BB/9 & K/BB ratio out of all the pitchers on the roster, not to mention the highest ERA out of anyone in the bullpen.

While Jorge has been very good at home and against lefties – .206 avg, .635 OPS  at Chase; .214 avg, .714 OPS vs. lefties in 56 at-bats – his splits on the road and against righties this season have been more than troublesome, as opponents have an average of .343 and 1.020 OPS against JDLR on the road, while righties have a .324 BAA & .920 OPS in 74 at-bats entering Wednesdays appearance where he gave up a hit and a walk while letting an inherited runner score over the course of his two out performance.

As evidenced by the fact manager Torey Lovullo has let De La Rosa face nearly 20 more righties than lefties this season, even though his best role seems to clearly be as a lefty specialist, the bullpen would be better served by acquiring a pitcher who has a little more even of splits before the 1 P.M. AZ time trade deadline today.

With that being said, and even though there’s an abundance of relievers on the market this season, here’s a list of six of them who’ve been on the trade rumor mill recently and who would become immediate upgrades:

Brad Ziegler (RHP Miami; FA in ’19) – Looking at just his overall season numbers – 3.98 ERA; 1.27 WHIP – would being doing a disservice to what Brad has accomplished in June and July, considering he’s been one of, if not the best, reliever in the game over that span. In 23 innings prior to June, Ziegler posted an abysmal 7.26 ERA, to go along with a WHIP above 1.70, while giving up 20 earned runs. Since the calendar turned to June the submariner has given up three earned runs over 29 innings, good for a 0.93 ERA and a WHIP of less than 0.90. Rumored to be possibly heading to the Cubs, general manager would have to splurge to pry him away from Chicago. He might be worth it.

Up To The Minute Update

Arizona has reportedly agreed to a trade with the Miami Marlins for RHP Brad Ziegler. The D-Backs are certainly plenty familiar with Ziegler, as he pitched for the organization from 2011 through 2016. He came to the organization at the deadline seven years ago today, then was spun off in a July 2016 deal that paid dividends for the Red Sox down the stretch. Ziegler joined the Marlins on a two-year pact in the ensuing winter. Brad is owed roughly $3.5 Million for the remainder of the 2018 season. Over his time in Arizona, Ziegler worked to a sparkling 2.49 ERA and recorded 62 saves in 335 2/3 innings.

Arizona is sending Minor League right-hander Tommy Eveld to Miami, according to John Heyman. The 24-year-old is 3-2 with a 1.11 ERA in 35 appearances at Class A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jacksonville.

Jake Diekman (LHP TEX; FA in ’19) – The lefty is currently in the midst of a July where opponents were hitting .152, with an OPS of .573 before throwing a perfect inning last night against the Diamondbacks. On the season, Jake has had only one month where hitters have hit greater than .216 or an OPS higher than .650 against the 31-year-old. With Texas in town to finish their two-game set against the D’backs, a trade with the Rangers would be a perfect match.

Up To The Minute Update

The Arizona Diamondbacks were not done as just minutes before the west coast cut off time of 1pm the snakes struck again. They acquired Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Wei-Chieh Huang. Not only should the Diamondbacks be happy to have him, but he should be running to the other dugout as the Rangers play tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix. Why should he run, look at his home/road splits as he realizes he only has a two game stint as the Diamondbacks will visit Arlington later this season in Globe Life Ballpark. Home: 21 games, 18 innings pitched, 17 K, 18 BB, 7.50 ERA Road: 22 games, 21 innings pitched, 31 K, 5 BB, 0.43 ERA. Goodbye to that home park!

Huang, a native of Taiwan whom Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of ranked as the Diamondbacks’ 22nd-best prospect, has worked to a sterling 2.00 ERA/2.78 FIP with 10.67 K/9 and 2.33 BB/9 in 27 innings (10 games, two starts) since receiving a promotion to Double-A earlier this season.

Jose Leclerc (RHP TEX; Team controlled through ’19 then arb. eligible through ’22) – With Keone Kela off to Pitsburgh, Leclerc, or Diekman, would seemingly be the next most coveted Ranger. All that really needs to be said about Jose, are his splits before last nights scoreless inning against the D’backs, .149/.237/.230 vs Righties .163/.333/.233 vs Lefties. On the season, the 24-year-old has an ERA of 2.27 and a WHIP of 1.00. He would most certainly be a massive upgrade over JDLR, and would push Andrew Chafin – 1.67 ERA & 1.15 WHIP for being the best lefty in the bullpen.

Jose Alvarado (LHP TB; Team control through ’20 then arb. eligible through ’23) – Alvarado is having a great season for the Ray, making some wonder why Hazen didn’t go after him instead of Matt Andriese last week – Andriese has given up runs in each outing for the D’backs since they acquired him, good for a 9.00 ERA in 4 innings. Back to Alvarado, as he’s sporting a 2.51 ERA with a WHIP of 1.26 and 44 K’s in 43 innings. The 23-year-old’s splits against righties are .178/.274/.218, while his splits against lefties are aren’t as great but still respectable, .255/.359/.309. It’s going to take a nice package to possibly land the southpaw, but considering his age and the fact he’s still five full seasons from free agency, he should be very coveted as the deadline nears.

Rasial Iglesias (RHP CIN; Owed $5M in ’19 & also ’20) – The Reds closer has been dealing this season, as he hasn’t had a month this season where opponent’s have hit greater than .250 or an OPS better than .625 against him. As consistent a pitcher as there is, it’s going to take a king’s ransom to land him, but if the D’backs are serious about shoring up a leaky bullpen, they should be at least inquiring about the dominant righty. On the season, he has an ERA of 2.11, to go along with a 1.00 WHIP, with 49 K’s in 47 i.p., while converting 21 of his 24 save opportunities.

Amir Garrett (LHP CIN; Under team control through ’20 then arbitration eligible until he’s a FA in ’24) – Just like Iglesias, Garrett isn’t going anywhere if the Reds don’t get a hefty haul in return. While it’s seemingly not Hazen’s M.O. to splurge in giving up top prospects at the deadline, Amir would be an integral part of the D’backs for years to come, making sense for Hazen, or any other GM, to at least inquire and toss Cincinnati a respectable offer. A starter (14 starts in ’17) turned reliever, the 26-year-old has a 3.71 ERA &  1.09 WHIP, while striking out 60 in 51 i.p. this season. The biggest difference for Amir since becoming a reliever is his command. Last season, while posting an ERA above 7, the flamethrower walked 5.1 per every 9 innings. He’s lowered that to 3.0 this season. The uber-athletic Garrett played basketball at St. Johns University. Righties have a slash line of .227/.290/.340, while lefties are .200/.293/.424 against him this season.

While the Dodgers and Rockies are currently in the midst of a brutal stretch that will see them endure teams who are a combined 84 games and 65 games over .500, respectively, the D’backs face teams who are a combined 58 games under .500. If the Diamondbacks plan to win the N.L. West and avoid another wild card appearance, it would seemingly behoove Mike Hazen and his staff to go out and add one or two more arms to help make a legitimate run for the franchises second championship in their 20-year-anniversary. The time is now.




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