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Arizona Diamondbacks: 14 players eligible for salary arbitration in 2018

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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 07: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates after scoring against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Chase Field on July 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 07: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates after scoring against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Chase Field on July 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Chris Herrmann #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks points out to third base after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on September 20, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Chris Herrmann #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks points out to third base after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on September 20, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Obvious Non-Tenders

Chris Herrmann: Sure, he had a good catchers ERA. But, the D-backs have Jeff Mathis and Chris Iannetta (if he returns) that are arguably better defensively. Even if he only costs $1.4 million, any major league player, even if they are a catcher, has to hit better than .181 in 106 games to stick around. The “Herrminator” is still one of the best nicknames though.

T.J. McFarland: McFarland ranked first among all NL relievers in ground ball percentage, but a 5.93 ERA is not going to cut it.

Bottom Line

If the D-backs choose to keep all 14 players, it would cost $52 million. If the D-backs want to resign J.D., while also insuring the present and future core of this team, not everybody can stay.

At first glance, I would let Owings and Miller become free agents, along with Herrmann and McFarland. That would still leave a hefty sum of $40.9 million owed to 10 players.

That means Hazen would have plenty of wheeling and dealing to do.

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