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Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday. The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto.
Allen had… a .213/.325/.404 line in 178 at-bats with the Diamondbacks over the last three years. He’s not a surprising A’s target, in that his game is much more about power and walks than batting average. Unfortunately, he does strike out a lot and he may fall short of being a quality regular as a result.
The move opens up first base in Arizona for Paul Goldschmidt… Goldschmidt was simply dominant in Double-A, hitting .306/.435/.626 with 30 homers and 94 RBI in 366 at-bats. A right-handed hitter, he’ll probably take over as an everyday player for the Diamondbacks…
Ziegler is very vulnerable to left-handed hitters with his sidearm delivery, but he shuts down right-handers about as well as anyone and he’s yet to allow a homer in 37 2/3 innings this season. He has a career 2.49 ERA in four seasons since debuting in 2008, and he’s under control through 2014.
The D-Backs also got got Jason Marquis yesterday, for minor league infielder Zach Walters.
Marquis… has a 3.95 ERA in 120 2/3 innings… Walters was posting good numbers in Low-A South Bend, hitting .302 with a .377 on-base and .485 slugging, but several Diamondbacks talent evaluators project him as a utility infielder at the major-league level.
The Diamondbacks will pay all that remains—about $2.5 million—of Marquis’ $7.5 million salary this season.
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