#6 Shelby Miller – $4.9 Million in 2018 ($4,900,000 Million AAV)
He missed most of 2017 with a torn ligament in his throwing arm, so Shelby Miller was heading into his arbitration hearing this winter with hopes of being rewarded for the potential his performance before the injury showed glimpses of.
After losing their arbitration hearing in 2017, Miller and his representation were forced to accept the team’s offer of $4.7 million opposed to the $5.1 million they were seeking. This year, the Diamondbacks again offered the same amount. After careful deliberation of the arbiters, Miller won this time and will be awarded a little under $5 million in 2018.
Sometimes, there will be a bad aftertaste for players and clubs after these types of hearings when a big disparity exists between the player’s asking price and the amount the team offered. Miller and Arizona were only $200,000 apart in their offers, so I don’t see any love lost on either side of the negotiating table after this one.
Shelby should be healed enough to return to the team mid-season. The D-backs are hoping Miller can return to being the middle rotation anchor that they envisioned when trading highly regarded prospects for him.