righthanded reliever Brad
Ziegler joined the Diamondbacks in a two-for-one trade that
sent first baseman Brandon
Allen and lefty reliever Jordan
Norberto to the Athletics. While Ziegler is vulnerable
against lefthanded hitters, he gives Arizona a deadly weapon
against righthanders, who he's held to a .224/.276/.274 line for his
career and .198/.250/.229 this season.
Age: 25. Position: 1B (82 G), LF (12 G).
Born: Feb. 12, 1986 in Conroe, Texas.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 235. Bats: L. Throws: R.
School: Montgomery (Texas) HS.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in fifth round of 2004 draft; signed June 16, 2004 ... Traded by White Sox to Diamondbacks for RHP Tony Pena, July 7, 2009.
Allen had just started seeing regular playing time at first base for Arizona following the all-star break, after the Diamondbacks had been disappointed by the production they received from Juan Miranda, Xavier Nady and Russell Branyan. A one-time White Sox fifth-round pick acquired in a 2009 trade for Tony Pena, Allen stands out most with his well above-average lefthanded raw power. He has yet to find consistent success in the majors, because he gets overly pull conscious and doesn't make consistent contact. He may never hit for a high average, though he does draw walks because pitchers respect his power. A below-average runner, he's an adequate defender at first base or left field.
Born: Dec. 8, 1986 in Nagua, Dominican Republic.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 195. Bats: L. Throws: L.
Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Diamondbacks, July 14, 2004.
Norberto has the potential to be a useful lefthanded reliever, but only if he throws more strikes—which he didn't do during an extended 2010 trial with Arizona. His main pitch is his two-seam fastball, which he usually throws around 91-93 mph with late sink and run. He also throws a tight curveball and a sinking changeup that helps him keep righthanders at bay.
Age: 31. Remaining Commitment: Approximately $417,000 ($1.25 million salary for 2011; under club control for 2012-14 seasons).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.