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Arizona Diamondbacks Exit Interview: Daniel Descalso

By TC Zencka
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 03: Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks drives in a run during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on June 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 03: Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks drives in a run during the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on June 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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This Season

This was a good season for Descalso, his second in the desert. While serving mostly as a fill-in starter or pinch-hitter, he saw time at 2B, 3B, 1B, LF, DH, and he even pitched 3.1 innings (8.10 ERA, 10.66 FIP). He only cost the Diamondbacks $2MM while providing above average offensive value (106 OPS+, 111 wRC+) and excellent versatility.

The number of plate appearances accrued suggests he was a semi-regular, which should be the exact role that Descalso continues to fill. His two year deal in Arizona was a relative success. He did what was asked of him, but he doesn’t get a higher grade simply because there was limited impact to his contributions.

. Arizona Diamondbacks. . Daniel Descalso. B+

Next Season

The Diamondbacks signed Descalso prior to 2017 for one year, $1.35MM. The second year had a 150K buyout, but the Dbacks rewarded a so-so campaign (.233/.332/.395) by opting in for $2MM in 2018. He should make at least that much in 2019.

Likely, Descalso will look to catch on with a contending team where he provides the most value. That could be the Diamondbacks – it will probably be somewhere else. His versatility fits best in the National League, where he could replace Josh Harrison in Pittsburgh, or Chase Utley in LA, or Hernan Perez in Milwaukee.

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Regardless, he’s not likely to sign early as infielders of his ilk tend to wait until February or March when the dust settles and the market’s major pieces have found their new homes. He deserves a multiyear contract, but wherever he signs, he will likely be earmarked for a utility role, where he, and many Vinas like him, thrive.

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