With Shelby Miller being the lone un-signed arbitration eligible player, it came down to actual arbitration to determine Miller’s 2018 salary. Miller’s camp filed for $4.9M, the number that MLB Trade Rumors projected, and the Diamondbacks filed for $4.7M. After going to a hearing, Miller ended up winning the case and will get a $200k pay-raise in 2018. With this ruling, the entire arbitration class has been signed.
With payroll likely well over $120M, it may be it for the Diamondbacks in terms of big budget moves barring a trade that sheds salary somewhere else. Miller is likely out until at least June recovering from May 2017 Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament suffered on April 23, 2017. With that in mind, the Diamondbacks elected to keep Miller instead of non-tendering him back in December.
Miller was originally acquired along with LH reliever Gabe Speier in what will likely end up as one of the worst trades in Diamondbacks history. After heavy criticism of the deal over the 2015-16 offseason, Miller had a disastrous 2016 season in which his mechanics broke down and confidence reached rock bottom. The attempt to fix the former issue may have played a potential part in tearing the main elbow ligament, especially when we thought he was getting better. The Diamondbacks will likely end up netting 0 value from Miller and Speier while the Braves will benefit from an All Star caliber CF in Ender Inciarte and former #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson, who projects to be at least an average starting shortstop.