The A’s have dealt 31-year old righty reliever Brad Ziegler to the Diamondbacks for 25-year old lefty swinging 1B Brandon Allen and 24-year old lefty reliever Jordan Norberto. Brandon Allen should get a shot with the A’s this year. He played in 11 games for the D-Backs this year and he was 5 for 29 (.172 avg, .834 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 65 games in parts of three years in the majors and he is 38 for 178 (.213 avg, .730 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Allen has big time power but with that power comes a lot of whiffs as he has struck out 73 times already in his career. The A’s are one team that doesn’t worry about whiffing though. Jordan Norberto pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the D-Backs so far this year and he was 6-2 with 1 save, a 4.25 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He got his first taste of the big leagues in 2010 for the D-Backs and it didn’t go too well. Norberto pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the D-Backs last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.
Brad Ziegler pitched in 43 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 3-2 with 1 save, a 2.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He pitched in 223 games (0 starts) in his four years with the A’s and he was 11-13 with 19 saves, a 2.49 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Ziegler was a solid reliever in his time with the A’s.
The A’s couldn’t resist making this deal because of Brandon Allen’s big time power potential. He is the key to this deal for the A’s.