D-backs trade closer Brad Ziegler to Red Sox - Tucson News Now

D-backs trade closer Brad Ziegler to Red Sox

Brad Ziegler was 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 18 saves this season for Arizona (Photo courtesy: AP) Brad Ziegler was 2-3 with a 2.82 ERA and 18 saves this season for Arizona (Photo courtesy: AP)
PHOENIX -

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe Friday night in a trade with the Boston Red Sox for closer Brad Ziegler.

Ziegler, 36, played parts of 6 seasons for the D-backs (2011-16) and holds franchise records with 348 appearances, 2.49 ERA (min. 100 G), single-season relief ERA (1.85 in 2015) and 43 straight saves from May 29, 2015-June 20, 2016, the seventh longest streak in Major League history. In 348 games for the D-backs, he was 21-11 with 62 saves, 2.49 ERA (93 ER in 335.2 IP), .230 opponents average and 218 strikeouts.

Over 9 seasons with the A's (2008-11) and D-backs (2011-16), he has appeared in 571 games while going 32-24 with 81 saves, 112 holds, a 2.49 ERA (157 ER in 567.0 IP), .243 opponents average and 372 career strikeouts.

Almonte, 20, is in his fourth season in the Red Sox farm system. The 6-foot-2, 205 pounder has 10 starts for Single-A Greenville this season, going 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA (23 ER in 53.0 IP), .249 opponents average, 13 walks and 45 strikeouts. He held righties to a .238 average (31-for-130) with 29 strikeouts while lefties hit .268 (19-for-71) with 16 strikeouts.

Basabe, 19, is in his fourth professional season in the Red Sox Minor League system. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound switch-hitter has played in 64 games at Single-A Greenville this season, hitting .310 (71-for-229) with 16 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers, 25 RBI, 37 walks and 14 stolen bases while playing second base and shortstop.

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