Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Rangers Trade Reliever Jake Diekman To Diamondbacks

Rangers Trade Reliever Jake Diekman To Diamondbacks

A number of circumstances set the stage for Diekman's dramatic arrival, as his former team, the Texas Rangers, was playing in Arizona when it dealt him just before Major League Baseball's trade deadline.

To acquire Diekman, the Diamondbacks gave up 24-year-old right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang, Robert Murray of The Athletic tweets.

Diekman, 31, has posted a 3.69 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks in 39 innings for the Rangers this season.

So the Diamondbacks had an easy way to get their newest lefthanded relief pitcher to his new spot: a ride in the bullpen cart with mascot Baxter.

Diamondbacks To Acquire Jake Diekman
Diamondbacks acquire Jake Diekman from Rangers

The D-backs have acquired three relievers through July trades in Diekman, Ziegler and Matt Andriese. How the player exchange went down, however, makes for a unique situation. "We're trying to go win, we're not just kind of middle of the road, we're making moves and we're trying to go win and make the playoffs".

Ziegler, 38, spent parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks from 2011 to 2016, posting a 2.49 ERA and 62 saves over that stretch. He is 4-4 with a 3.57 ERA in seven big league seasons with Philadelphia and Texas. Since June 5, however, he has pitched 28 innings and recorded a 0.64 ERA.

"We know he's had a tremendous amount of success, especially recently, against right-handed batters", Lovullo said. Arizona assumes the $2,951,613 remaining of Ziegler's $9 million salary.

"Sure, why not?" he said. Jorge De La Rosa replaced Hirano and retired Joey Gallo on a popout, then was in the midst of a 3-2 battle with Delino DeShields when the lights went out due to a heavy wind storm.

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