The Miami Marlins traded reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin on Tuesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks sent 24-year-old pitcher Tommy Eveld in return for Ziegler. Eveld has been in AA for Arizona this season, where he compiled a 1.11 E.R.A in 40.2 innings pitched. Eveld has 47 strikeouts and has only walked eight on the season. Eveld attended the University of South Florida and was born in Coral Springs.
The Marlins received Bryson Brigman along with some international pool money in the Maybin deal with the Seattle Mariners. The pool money could end up being significant for Miami, as the team continues to try and build up the minor league system. Brigman is a shortstop who received solid reviews recently.
Ziegler is in the final year of his contract and was mentioned often recently in trade rumors. The veteran has been one of the finer arms in all of baseball during July, after losing his role as closer earlier in the season.
This will be Ziegler's second time in Arizona and it is beginning in a similar manner. On July 31, 2011, the Diamondbacks acquired Ziegler from the Oakland Athletics. That deal was also made right before the trade deadline and Ziegler would go on to spend parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks.
In Ziegler's 11-year career, he's made multiple stops and none have lasted longer than his time with Arizona. The reliever also enjoyed plenty of success with the Diamondbacks and served as their closer at times. Arizona currently is the second Wild Card in the National League and is also only a half-game out of the division race.
The 38-year old Ziegler had his ups and downs during his year-plus in Miami and handled a variety of roles. Ziegler also provided some veteran leadership to a young Marlins roster this season. The right-hander will make Arizona's bullpen deeper and his leadership could be valuable there as well.
Maybin is hitting .309 in July and should now play regularly for the playoff-hopeful Mariners. Ever since Lewis Brinson was place in the disabled list earlier this month, Maybin has seen his playing time increase. Those daily at-bats appeared to have helped Maybin find his stroke in the batters box.
This was Maybin's second tour of duty with the Marlins and he now has an opportunity to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Maybin was a member of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, prior to signing a one-year contract with the Marlins.
Maybin is 31 and will be back on the free agent market again this off-season. The outfielder could help himself find a lucrative deal with a solid finish to this campaign. Maybin brings speed and some brief moments of power to the lineup, along with a dependable glove in the field. Seattle could opt to use Maybin in centerfield, a position he spent some time in this season.
The Marlins will continue a series in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.