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A’s reach deal with Ziegler, avoid arbitration

Jan 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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From ESPN.com’s Buster Olney comes word that the A’s avoided arbitration with reliever Brad Ziegler on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Ziegler, a 31-year-old right-hander, posted a 3.26 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 60.2 innings last season and a 3.07 ERA over 73.1 innings the year before.  He was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and did pretty well for himself.

Last season he earned just $410,000.  This season he will earn more than double that.

Thanks to a lights-out rookie season that saw him set a record for most scoreless innings (36.1) to start a career, the submariner from Missouri State University boasts a 2.51 career ERA across 193.2 major league frames.  He should remain an effective and useful reliever in Oakland at least through his arbitration years.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    I’m really glad for APBA guy’s sake that they reached a deal with Ron. I wouldn’t want to see the A’s bullpen become….inoperative.

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