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Arizona Diamondbacks exercise 2018 option on Daniel Descalso

That’s the “emergency pitcher” role sorted for next year.

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Daniel Descalso appeared in 131 games for the Diamondbacks this year, the most he has played since 2012. He started games at first, second, third and left-field, as well as a pair of memorable emergency pitching perrformances, tossing two perfect innings in blowout losses. Overall, Descalso batted .233/.332/.395, for an OPS of .727 which works out as an OPS+ of 82, pretty much in line with his career norm. He was good as a pinch hitter: in 35 such appearances, he had an .890 OPS, good for sixth in the NL, and a .429 OBP (5th in the league). Overall, though, his fielding dragged his value down to at or near replacement level, Daniel being worth -0.3 bWAR and 0.1 fWAR.

He earned $1.5 million this season, and will get a bump up to $2 million for 2018. We looked at whether the option should be exercised earlier in the week, and though I wasn’t that convinced, the poll showed strong support for Descalso, with 80% of readers happy to spend $2 million of Ken Kendrick’s money. :) It seems likely that Descalso will fulfill a similar utility and pinch-hitting role next season as this for Arizona.