The team put together by GM Mike Hazen and his front-office staff included a number of players whose contracts were only for one year. These contracts have effectively ended with Arizona’s elimination from the National League Division Series. None of the players here are eligible for qualifying offers, which if they reject, would entitle us to receive draft compensation for their loss. J.D. Martinez is almost certain to be eligible, but having been traded during the season negates that, and he can hit free agency without any strings attached. [Though the new system, revised under the latest CBA and in operation this winter for the first time, penalizes the signing team much less]
As with the arbitration cases we looked at on Tuesday, we will be going over each of the impending free agents in more detail down the road. But let’s just review them collectively for now. Tell us in the comments which ones you think the D-backs should look at re-signing for the 2018 season?
Originally signed in January, Blanco was then released and re-signed to a minor-league just before Opening Day due to an injury which cost him the first month. Eith further injuries to A.J. Pollock and Yasmany Tomas, he got plenty of playing time after Blanco’s own recovery, appearing in 72 games, including 52 starts. However, the arrival of Martinez cut into his playing time significantly, with only 18 second-half starts. 2017 salary: $1m + up to $3.55m in incentives
I’d quite forgotten we had Bonifacio. After he was dropped by Atlanta, we signed him to a minor-league deal in late July, when it seemed our infielders were dropping from everything short of Ebola. Chris Owings had just had his hand broken, and Ketel Marte was on the bereavement list, though Bonifacio was never called up, and spent most of his time in Double-A. It brings him full circle, since he debuted with us back in 2007, before being dealt to the Nationals for Jon Rauch. 2017 salary: $1.25 million
Jorge De La Rosa
After a career as a starter, mostly with the Rockies, the veteran left-hander was brought on as a bullpen arm. He was... okay, with an ERA of 4.21 and a FIP of 4.58. He was the king of stranding inherited runners though, leaving 32 of 33 on the base-path. He was fine as a LOOGY, holding opposing lefties to a .545 clip. Right-handers, not so much: they were 276 points better, with six HR in 120 at-bats, and a K:BB of 25:17. 2017 salary: $2.25 million
A trade-deadline pick-up from the Angels, like Bonifacio this was a return home, with Hernandez having pitched in Arizona from 2011-15. Along with Paul Goldschmidt, he was the only player on the post-season roster with us during the last playoff run. He had been great before the trade. posting a 2.33 ERA in Los Angeles. David wasn’t able to match that in the second half for the D-backs, despite a K:BB of 15:1 over 18.2 innings. He was prone to the long-ball (four home-runs allowed), 2017 salary: $535K
Signed to act as a platoon with Jeff Mathis, Iannetta ended up starting more games behind the plate than anyone else, with 70. While that was in part due to Mathis suffering a broken hand, there’s little doubt Iannetta kept up the good handling of the pitching staff. There can be even less argument, he was considerably more effective at the plate: his OPS+ was 114, compared to Mathis’s 51. Likely a prime candidate to return in 2018. 2017 salary: $1.5 million.
We’re already discussed this one in some detail, and whether it would be a good re-signing for Arizona. While J.D. seems genuinely to have enjoyed his time here, it seems almost inevitable there will be no shortage of suitors elsewhere, prepared to throw wheelbarrow loads of money at him. It’s the kind of contract players typically get to sign only once, and I wouldn’t blame Martinez in the slightest for taking full advantage of the opportunity. 2017 salary: $11.75 million.
This turned out to be an astute pickup by Hazen, despite the inevitable bumps in the road suffered by any closer, which triggered knee-jerk reactions by some idiots. While the ERA of 4.23 was higher than you’d like, the FIP of 3.03 and save percentage (87%) were fine, and in line with a lot of higher-paid candidates. It’s a performance which will also have other teams interested, with a higher guaranteed level. Arizona does have other possibilities to close in 2018. 2017 salary: $2.75 million plus incentives, likely $4.25 million.
May well end up being the member of the NLDS roster we all forget about for a future Sporcle. Rosales came from Oakland in another trade deadline deal, and appeared at all four infield positions for the Diamondbacks thereafter. Presuming Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed are back to full fitness for 2018, there would not appear to be much need to re-sign him, with the infield being an area where Arizona already has enough depth. 2017 salary: $1.25 million.