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Brad Ziegler expects to pitch in setup role with Marlins

The veteran said he will pitch in front of A.J. Ramos.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Spring Training, it seems A.J. Ramos will remain Miami’s closer. And that might not change as the season approaches.

Brad Ziegler, who signed a two-year deal with the Marlins last week, said on SiriusXM he is expecting Ramos to close games, meaning he will pitch in a setup capacity next season, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

New Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler, who was 85 career saves, told Sirius XM that he expects to set up and AJ Ramos to remain the closer.

The Marlins have built a “super bullpen” of sort, which Ziegler is a now a part of. Instead of signing inexperienced starters, Miami turned to the relief market, adding Ziegler and Janichi Tazawa on multi-year deals.

Ramos had an effective 2016 season and was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. Over 64.0 innings with Miami, he posted a 2.81 ERA and 2.90 FIP. He saved 40 games last season and 32 in 2015.

Though Ziegler has more than 80 career saves, the Marlins likely signed him to serve in a setup role. Ziegler will join Tazawa, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps as late-inning relief options for Manager Don Mattingly.