D-Backs trade for Brad Ziegler

In order to get Ziegler, the D-Backs had to trade Brandon Allen and Jordan Norberto. I gotta say, I like this deal for Oakland.

Ziegler is an okay relief pitcher. He is 32 years old and nothing special. Will he help Arizona more than Allen down the stretch? Maybe. But overall, I love Oakland a lot more in this trade.

Brandon Allen is 25 already and no longer a prospect, but the man can hit. He has never really been given a true chance to succeed, and maybe that’s because his teams know something about him that we don’t know. But he has legit power with insane walk rates. In 2010 between AAA and Arizona, his BB% was over 17%.  The same goes for this year as well. Norberto is just a filler.

So yeah, maybe Allen really isn’t anything special. But I will take the everyday position player with potential over the average reliever.

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