The Diamondbacks 2018 roster features 13 arbitration eligible players. 12 of those players have already agreed to a deal, with RHP Shelby Miller being the only player not to agree to terms. This wouldn’t the first time that the current front office has gone to an arbitration hearing with Miller, as the two sides went to arbitration a year ago with the Diamondbacks winning that battle. Miller made 4 starts in 2017 before leaving his 4th start with a torn UCL and subsequent Tommy John surgery in May 2017. Miller’s camp filed at $4.9M and the Diamondbacks $4.7M.
The small difference in amount between the two sides leaves little incentive for the Diamondbacks and Miller’s agent to come to a settlement. Last year, Miller earned $4.7M after losing the arbitration hearing after his side filed for $5.1M after a disastrous 2016 campaign. Miller’s elbow reconstruction surgery puts him on a timetable around the All-Star Break to return. The team will be relying on Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker, Patrick Corbin, and Zack Godley to anchor the rotation with prospects Anthony Banda and Taylor Clarke serving as depth in AAA.