The Diamondbacks began the week with 13 potential arbitration cases still outstanding. They ended the day Friday with just one: right-hander Shelby Miller.
After settling with pitchers Randall Delgado and Patrick Corbin earlier in the week, the Diamondbacks came to terms with 10 others on Friday before exchanging filing numbers with Miller, the club coming in at $4.7 million and Miller at $4.9 million.
“It was a big caseload,” General Manager Mike Hazen said. “It was a lot of work, and the guys did a lot of good work.”
Hazen said front-office execs Sam Eaton, Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye did the bulk of the negotiating but added that “there’s a huge group of people who did a lot of the support stuff in the office. It was a full month and a half of work.”
Those avoiding an arbitration hearing this week included: Delgado ($2.25 million), Corbin ($7.5 million), outfielders A.J. Pollock ($7.75 million) and David Peralta ($3.3 million), right-handers Taijuan Walker ($4.825 million) and Brad Boxberger ($1.85 million), left-handers Robbie Ray ($3.95 million) and Andrew Chafin ($1.195 million), catcher Chris Herrmann ($1.3 million) and infielders Jake Lamb ($4.275 million), Chris Owings ($3.4 million) and Nick Ahmed ($1.275 million).
All told, the Diamondbacks doled out $42.9 million in arbitration dollars this week. Hazen said the agreements brought the team’s budgeted payroll figure for 2018 up to around $120 million. The team’s figure tends to be higher than reported payroll numbers because it must anticipate additional spending due to things like injuries and promotions.
Miller and the Diamondbacks can still avoid arbitration in the coming weeks, but if they can’t agree to terms the case will be heard by a panel of arbitrators. Miller and the Diamondbacks went to arbitration last year, with the team winning its case.
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