Day Two Wrap: Ship has Set Sail
The AZ Snakepit's Day Two Open Thread was filled with insightful comments on the day's action!
Here's What Happened:
The Giants signed Mark Melancon, closer, to a 4 year, $62 Million contract, with an opt-out after two years. The extremely huge contract shows demand for closers is high! The Giants intend to compete with the Dodgers! This is not welcome news for the Diamondbacks fans.
The Dodgers re-signed Rich Hill, starting pitcher, to a 3 year, $48 Million contract. To make room, the Dodgers are shopping Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy.
In other action:
- Last night, the Yankees signed Matt Holliday to a 1 year $13 Million contract. Matt Holliday is a seven-time all-star outfielder and he replaces Brain McCann who previously was traded to the Astros.
- This morning, the Blue Jays signed Steve Pearce to a 2 year $12.5 Million contract. Steve Pearce may platoon with first baseman Justin Smoak or replace either Michael Saunders or Jose Bautista in the outfield.
- The Astros signed Carlos Beltran, DH, to a 1 year $16 Million contract.
- The Phillies signed Joaquin Benoit, relief pitcher, to a 1 year, $7.5 Million contract.
What GM Mike Hazen Thinks:
#Dbacks GM Mike Hazen says team has had discussions on trying to add relief help but nothing close at the moment.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) December 5, 2016
Even with the Jeff Mathis signing official, GM Mike Hazen said he thinks Dbacks will look to make another addition behind the plate.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 5, 2016
Hazen says it could be in the form of another part-time type player who could team with Mathis and Chris Herrmann in a three-way platoon.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 5, 2016
Impact on the Diamondbacks:
a. On players’ roles on the team: Many teams, including the Diamondbacks want to improve their bullpen. Melancon’s huge contract may be temporarily pricing the Diamondbacks out of the “back end” pitching market. It is more likely that a Diamondbacks starting pitcher will move to “back end” pitching.
b. Stocking the farm: What was the impact? There was no impact today.
c. Payroll: What was the impact on the Diamondbacks’ payroll outlook? There was no impact today, and so payroll room remains to take advantage of opportunities to improve the team.
|Before Hazen on Board||$99.3 MM||$105.2 MM||$115.5 MM||$120.5 MM||$108.0 MM|
|Before Day 2||$87.6 MM||$98.1 MM||$114.9 MM||$116.0 MM||$96.2 MM|
|Change||$0 MM||$0 MM||$0 MM||$0 MM||$0 MM|
|After Day 2||$87.6 MM||$98.1 MM||$114.9 MM||$116.0 MM||$96.2 MM|