MLB Trade Rumors has released their annual salary arbitration projections for the 2018 season which will help predict the Arizona Diamondbacks payroll entering free agency
This post means the Arizona Diamondbacks 2017 season is over, but that does not mean the action will cool off.
For the remainder of the postseason, the activity pots may go through a simmer period but what figures to be a busy and intriguing offseason will commence sooner rather than later. As they look to build a sustainable winner, general manager Mike Hazen and his staff have plenty of important decisions to make – which includes tendering and non-tendering salary arbitration eligible players.
Players with three or more years but less than six years of major league service, who do not have a contract for 2018, become eligible for salary arbitration. In addition, players with less than three years but more than two years of service time could also receive a raise if they meet “Super Two” designation criteria.
The Super Two cutoff will not get determined until the regular season ends, but for the purposes of projecting, MLB Trade Rumors used 2.120 (years.days).
Last offseason, six Diamondbacks were eligible for arbitration. With a whopping 14 players eligible this winter, the salary arbitration period could decide what the D-backs can do in free agency.
Here are the eligible players with projected salaries:
- Patrick Corbin (5.105) – $8.3MM
- Randall Delgado (5.100) – $2.5MM
- A.J. Pollock (5.052) – $8.5MM
- Shelby Miller (4.166) – $4.9MM
- J.J. Hoover (4.153) – $1.6MM
- Chris Owings (4.027) – $3.8MM
- Chris Herrmann (4.001) – $1.4MM
- T.J. McFarland (3.165) – $1.0MM
- Taijuan Walker (3.142) – $5.0MM
- David Peralta (3.120) – $3.8MM
- Nick Ahmed (3.054) – $1.1MM
- Jake Lamb (3.053) – $4.7MM
- Andrew Chafin (3.020) – $1.2MM
- Robbie Ray (3.007) – $4.2MM
Here is a breakdown of potential tenders and non-tenders into three categories: obvious tenders, on the bubble and obvious non-tenders.