The Miami Marlins signed reliever Brad Ziegler to a two-year contract on Friday, according to a report by MLB.com.
The contract will be worth $16 million over the two seasons with $7 million coming in 2017. This agreement comes from Miami on the same day that it officially signed Junichi Tazawa. In the span of a single day, the Marlins have added guaranteed contracts of $28 million to their bullpen.
Miami tried to land a big name closer at the Winter Meetings and missed out on Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. While Tazawa and Ziegler do not bring star power, they do have plenty of experience. Both relievers have enjoyed several seasons of success and have taken part in playoff baseball.
Ziegler has made stops in Oakland, Arizona and Boston. Last season, the Boston Red Sox acquired Ziegler to help them with their playoff run. In 33 appearances, Ziegler put together a 1.52 E.R.A with 31 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. Ziegler also had four saves in his time with Boston and 22 overall in 2016.
With A.J. Ramos expected to retain his job as closer, manager Don Mattingly now has another option to turn to if needed. Ramos will need days off and Ziegler could easily step in for those opportunities. In his nine big league seasons, Ziegler has 85 saves.
The Marlins are likely done adding to the bullpen, but could still make some moves to shore up the offense.