D-backs agree to one-year contract with Ziegler

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brad Ziegler on a one-year contract, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Ziegler, 32, limited right-handed hitters to a .188 (28-for-149) average in 2011, seventh-best among all pitchers with at least 160 plate appearances against, and was one of two pitchers to throw at least 50.0 innings and not surrender a home run (also Giants’ Javier Lopez).

Among all relief pitchers since 2008 (min. 500 at-bats), Ziegler ranks ninth with a .219 average (129-for-589) vs. right-handers with a Major-League-best 2 home runs allowed.

Ziegler combined to go 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA (14 ER in 58.1 IP) and 1 save in 66 relief appearances with the A’s and D-backs last season.  He was acquired from the A’s on July 31 for infielder Brandon Allen and left-handed pitcher Jordan Noberto.

Over 4 seasons with the A’s (2008-11) and D-backs (2011-present), Ziegler is 11-13 with a 2.43 ERA (68 ER in 252.0 IP) and 19 saves in 246 relief appearances.