Despite the Diamondbacks treading through another disappointing season in last place in the NL West, Ziegler has been one of the few bright spots on the team. In his 44 appearances so far in 2014, Ziegler has a 3-1 record with a 2.34 ERA, and is tied for second in the league with 20 holds.
That type of consistency from the 34-year-old has not only been seen this season, but for the past three years. He has posted a sub-2.50 ERA and appeared in over 65 games in each campaign.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Angels’ bullpen has struggled mightily this season. They are currently 24th in ERA (4.24), fourth in most home runs allowed (28) and seventh in most walked (111). The Angels have already made two acquisitions over the past five days to help fix the problem, adding veteran relievers in Jason Grilli and Rich Hill. Ziegler could be the missing piece in the bullpen as he has proven to be one of the league’s best relievers.
The Angels could use Ziegler and Joe Smith, who has a 2.78 ERA in 37 appearances in 2014, as their primary seventh- and eighth-inning arms as a transition to Grilli in the ninth inning. His addition would especially alleviate the added pressure that has been put on Smith, who has had to play both the role of a closer and setup man in the past few weeks.
Although a trade for Ziegler is a bit of a pie-in-the-sky scenario, it could become more realistic as the trade deadline nears and the Diamondbacks continue to struggle and fall further behind in the NL West. What this all comes down to is the fact the Angels need bullpen help, and a move for the veteran right-hander may go a long way in solidifying a glaring area of weakness.