MLB Rumor Central: D-backs want Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson back

Brad Ziegler and Daniel Hudson both pitched for the D-backs in 2016. USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks' search for relief pitching this offseason could lead them to bring back two familiar faces.

Rumor Central

The D-backs have reached out to free agents Brad Ziegler and Daniel Hudson, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, citing sources. Both right-handers pitched for Arizona in 2016.

Ziegler was a member of the D-backs half the year, being traded to the Boston Red Sox in July. The 37-year-old posted a 2.25 ERA in 69 games between the two clubs, notching 22 saves in the process. Thirteen teams have checked in on him this offseason, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

Meanwhile, Hudson was in Arizona all of last season, posting a 5.22 ERA in 70 games. It was a down year for the 29-year-old, who had a 3.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of teams looking to buy low on Hudson this offseason. Sixteen clubs have shown interest in the right-hander, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Understanding that the price for free-agent relievers has climbed in recent years, new GM Mike Hazen tells Piecoro that the team could look to address its bullpen via trade as well. Hazen is also looking to add a left-handed hitter.

- Kyle Brasseur