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With trade deadline looming, here are some relievers the Red Sox could target

Brad Ziegler appeared in 33 games for the Red Sox in 2016.Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

There are still plenty of options for the Red Sox to bolster their bullpen as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches. Here are some relievers the Red Sox could target.

Brad Ziegler — Yes, him again. The Red Sox traded for Ziegler two years ago, sending pitcher Jose Almonte and Luis Alejandro Basabe to Arizona to acquire the righty. He appeared in 33 games with the Sox, striking out 31 batters and allowing 26 hits and 11 walks in 29 ⅔ innings.

After helping the Red Sox win the Amrican League East, he became a free agent and signed a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins. In 53 appearances this season, he has struck out 37 and walked 17 while allowing 49 hits. He spent time on the DL with a back strain, and at 38, will become a free agent at the end of the season, so the cost would not be high.

Keone Kela — The closer for the Texas Rangers has recorded 24 saves and appeared in 38 games this season. He has struck out 44 and walked just 14 in 36⅔ innings. The righthander is just 25 years old and is arbitration eligible for the next two seasons, so the cost going back to the Rangers could be relatively high.

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Raisel Iglesias — The righty reliever for Cincinnati is signed through 2020 at $5 million for each of the next two seasons and will not become an unrestricted free agent until the 2021 season, so the cost would be high. He has appeared in 43 games this season, striking out 49 and walking 15. He has a career-best 2.11 ERA in 47 innings.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jake Diekman will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season./Roger Steinman/AP Photo

Jake Diekman — The Rangers lefty has appeared in 44 games this season, striking out 42 batters in 36 innings. Diekman, 31, would be considered a rental as he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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Zach Duke — The lefty has appeared in 44 games for the Minnesota Twins, allowing 43 hits and striking out 37 in 36 innings. He has limited lefthanders to a .241 batting average, striking out 15 while walking just three. He would seem to come at a low cost given that he is 35 years old and a free agent at the end of the season.

Fernando Rodney — Red Sox fans might remember him best from his days with the Tampa Bay Rays, when he recorded 85 saves in 2012-13. Now with the Twins, he still serves as a closer and has recorded 21 saves in 38 appearances. The righthander has struck out 40 batters in 35⅔ innings. The Twins have a $4.25 million option for for 2019 for Rodney, 41.

Kirby Yates has found success with the San Diego Padres.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Kirby Yates — Originally drafted by the Red Sox in 2006, Yates did not sign with the club and instead went to college, where he missed two seasons after having Tommy John surgery. The righthander found success with the San Diego Padres, where he has pitched 38⅔ innings in 40 appearances this season. He has recorded 50 strikeouts while giving up just 11 walks and 22 hits. Yates, 31, is arbitration eligible each of the next two seasons and won’t become a free agent until 2021.

Craig Stammen — Also succeeding with the Padres, Stammen has a 2.76 ERA in 44 appearances this year, striking out 55 while walking just 10. The righthander is 34 and is signed through next season.

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Kyle Barraclough — The righty has a 2.45 ERA while appearing in 46 games for the Miami Marlins. He has 50 strikeouts and 24 walks in 44 innings, and has recorded a career-high 10 saves.


Nick Cafaedo contributed to this report. Follow Andrew Mahoney on Twitter @GlobeMahoney.