On the Bubble
A.J. Pollock: Other than what to do with Zack Greinke, Yasmany Tomas and J.D. Martinez, what the D-backs do with Pollock is probably the most interesting decision. Pollock hit .278 with 5 HR and 20 RBI and almost as many walks (12) as strikeouts (15) in September. He was easily one of the D-backs hottest hitters when it mattered most. But Pollock is injury prone and if resigning J.D. is the priority, something has to be done.
Randall Delgado: Delgado missed most of the important parts of the 2017 season, but he may have proven his value the most when the team did not have him to eat up innings and set the table for the back end of the bullpen.
Shelby Miller: Miller missed most of the 2017 season, but was pitching well before his injury and I have not gotten the sense the D-backs just want to dump him. He will have to accept way less to stay and for me, that might not even be enough.
Chris Owings: Owings had a great season before he went on the disabled list, but Ketel Marte‘s emergence as the starting shortstop and the D-backs offseason priorities makes him expendable. I would love to see Hazen keep him.
Nick Ahmed: Ahmed is in the same boat as Owings, but his defensive value makes him valuable and puts him in the question mark category. Ahmed would be less expensive compared to Owings and for depth purposes, I think you have to keep at least one of the two.
J.J. Hoover: For all the heat Hoover took from fans this season, he actually finished the season with a respectable 3.92 ERA. The overall number may be higher than you want, but 13 of his last 15 outings were scoreless, and he responded to his demotion with a 2.35 ERA after being called back up on Sept. 1.
Andrew Chafin: Chafin posted career highs in apperances (71) and strikeouts (61) and got the job done with RISP (.182 opponents average). He finished the season with seven consecutive perfect outings.