Dave Dombrowski has never been a don't-just-do-something-stand-there! type of general manager. If his teams need help, he's aggressive in going out and getting it.
So it comes as no surprise that, while you were probably sleeping, the Red Sox bullpen added another arm. And a pretty good one, too.
As soon as the Arizona Diamondbacks' game with the San Francisco Giants was over, at approximately 1:40 a.m. EDT, the Red Sox and D-backs made the joint announcement that veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, who just a year ago recorded 30 saves wih a 1.85 ERA, was being sent to Boston for infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe and pitcher Jose Almonte, both of whom were playing at Class A Greenville.
Ziegler told reporters in Phoenix that he would be in Boston today, in time for the Red Sox' 4:05 p.m. game against the Rays.
It's Dombrowski's third deal in three days, and potentially may have the biggest impact of all.
Acquiring Aaron Hill from Milwaukee gives the Sox a right-handed bat to platoon with Travis Shaw at third base, and adding Michael Martinez from Cleveland increases the team's organizational depth.
But at the very least, Ziegler lengthens the Sox' thin bullpen, giving them the additional late-inning arm they've been seeking since Carson Smith went down. And at most, he could prove to be the replacement for either Junichi Tazawa, who hasn't pitched since Sunday because of shoulder soreness, or -- perish the thought -- Craig Kimbrel, who is undergoing an MRI today for a knee injury that prevented him from playing last night and, the Sox say, will keep him out of Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Ziegler, 36, throws a heavy sinker and induces plenty of groundballs. He broke into the majors with the A's in 2008 and has been with the Diamondbacks since going to Arizona in a trade-deadline deal in 2011. In 36 appearances this season, he has 18 saves and a 2.82 ERA. His WHIP, however, is 1.461 -- 41 hits allowed and 15 walks in 38 1/3 innings -- which is the second-highest of his career. It was a career-low 0.956 (48 hits and 17 walks in 68 innings) last season.
He will be a free agent at the end of the year.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Sox shifted Blake Swihart to the 60-day disabled list.
Dombrowski and manager John Farrell are expected to speak about the trade prior to today's game.