The Marlins made a big splash in the bullpen this week, signing right-hander Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million deal on Thursday and then followed that up by signing right-hander Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $16 million deal on Friday.
As usual, people of the world took to Twitter to react to the Marlins’ free agent acquisitions.
The best reaction came from Ziegler himself, who, like many, is looking forward to the weather in Miami. By the way, Ziegler has a great Twitter account, so give him a follow.
When you wake up to this, Miami is sounding even sweeter... hello, @Marlins fans! pic.twitter.com/2u9nPyvVu6— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) December 17, 2016
Then MLB’s Cut4 graced us with the nasty changeup that comes from Ziegler’s sidewinding delivery.
Marvel at the unhittable change @bradziegler is reportedly bringing to the @Marlins: https://t.co/6Cc3Hm6jVJ pic.twitter.com/G43AcX64aH— Cut4 (@Cut4) December 17, 2016
As you can see, that changeup was down in the zone, which is where MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro shows us Ziegler likes to live.
Brad Ziegler's pitch breakdown. Amazing how few total pitches are up in zone. #Marlins pic.twitter.com/sQJ5LbrK4y— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 17, 2016
And as Eno Sarris tells us, with Tazawa and Ziegler, the Marlins bullpen is place where you don’t want to see a changeup as an opposing hitter.
Also fun: in Tazawa and Ramos, the Marlins have two of the five best changeups in the game, and now add Ziegler's— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) December 17, 2016
Yeah, we know they aren’t big-time closers, but they will work out fine.
Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa aren't Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, but at those prices I like the moves for the #Marlins.— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) December 17, 2016
The Snake Pit is going to miss those double plays, but the Marlins will gladly take them.
Good luck to @BradZiegler in his new life with the Marlins. We’ll miss those double-plays! https://t.co/MAB9SPKj1e— AZ SnakePit (@AZSnakepit) December 17, 2016
As for Tazawa, a writer for SB Nation’s Over the Monster thinks the Marlins got him for a good price.
There will be people who will say Tazawa is overpaid. Those are bad people. Do not trust those people.— Matt Collins (@RedSox_Thoughts) December 16, 2016
Now, Frisaro thinks the Marlins may not be done in free agency.
My next move if I were making the call for #Marlins would be add Mike Napoli. Need at least one former Flanagan High player #954— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 17, 2016