Arizona DiamondBacks Payroll In 2013: And Contracts Going Forward

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Thursday, February.14, 2013

Arizona has won 5 Division Titles in just 15 years of existence.  They could not get both of the hitting and pitching going at the same time in 2012 - will 2013 be any different?

Arizona have won 5 Division Titles in just 15 years of existence – including winning the World Series in 2001. The franchise consistently is rated as one of the top rated front office organizations – and routinely rank as the most fan-friendly team in the MLB.   The Franchise is 2nd amongst Expansion Clubs for Winning Percentage (.498) behind the Angels (.499.)  The DBacks are only 10 games below .500 for their ALL-Time record (1210-1220). Will they be able to compete with the Dodgers and Giants in future years by increasing Payroll?

By Chris Lacey (Diamond Backs Correspondent)

The Diamondbacks finished the 2012 season with disappointment as they struggled to get over .500 for much of the season. They lost the last game of the season to the Rockies that summed up what happened during the year. When they got good starting pitching, the defense would make a costly mistake, and then the offense would struggle to score any runs. The Diamondbacks enter the 2013 camaign with plenty of new faces on the club.

General Manager Kevin Towers has changed the makeup of this team these past two off-seasons. He has put an emphasis on players who can make consistent contact, rather than hitting the long ball. The Dbacks GM is always looking to improve upon the bullpen. He did this by taking a risk on Heath Bell who had a bad year with the Marlins, but Towers believes a change of scenery will help. Towers not only brought in bullpen help, but also signed some key players’ to long-term contracts that will aid the team to not only contend now, but for the future.

2011 DiamondBacks Post Season Highlights.  Lyrics May Contain mature content so Parental Guidance is advised:

Aaron Hill just signed a contract extension for 3 Years/35 Million Doillars

Aaron Hill just signed a contract extension for 3 Years/35 Million Dollars.  Hill had 26 HRs and 44 Doubles during the 2012 season.  His 3 Slash Line was a Career best Last year at .302/.360/.882 – while taking home his 2nd Silver Slugger Award.  He had an incredible June, hitting .370 with 6 HRs and 20 RBI – while collecting 37 Hits in just 25 games.

Signed Contracts/2013 Contracts just out of the bracket:

Miguel Montero C – (Second Year of 6 -YR Deal/$50 MIL) $10,000,000 – Montero proved that during the season he worth this contract and then some, by playing great defense behind the plate, and being a productive hitter at the plate. At this salary, Montero is being paid what he is worth, and if he is able to improve upon his 2012 numbers, this could be a steal for the Diamondbacks.

Heath Bell RP – (Second Year of 3YR – Deal but has club option for 2015 at $9 Million with Diamondbacks paying $5 Million and Miami paying $4 Million.) $9,000,000 – Arizona made this trade to strengthen their bullpen. When Heath Bell is good, he is one of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

Jason Kubel OF – (Second Year of 2YR – Deal but has a mutual option for 2014 at $7.5 Million with a $1 Million buyout) $7,500,000 – Kubel was very productive in his first season in the desert by leading the team in RBIs.

Martin Prado made an ALL-Star team with the Braves in 2010 when he hit .307 and scored 100 runs in 140 Games. He also finished in the top 10 for NL MVP voting that year. He is a consistent .300 with some pop. He has hit for a .300+ Avg. in 4 of the last 5 years.  His Career 3 Slash Line is .295/.345/.780.

Martin Prado made an ALL-Star team with the Braves in 2010 -when he hit .307 and scored 100 runs in 140 Games. He also finished in the top 10 for NL MVP voting that year. He is a consistent .300 hitter with some pop. He has hit for a .300+ Avg. in 4 of the last 5 years. His Career 3 Slash Line is .295/.345/.780.  He salary will average $10 MIL per season from 2013-2016.

Martin Prado 3B/OF – (First Year of 4YR – Deal/$40 MIL) $7,000,000 – Prado was acquired in the Justin Upton trade. He will be the team’s everyday 3B. He has shown throughout his career that he can hit for a high average.  His salary will be $11 MIL each year from 2014-2016 to round out the $40 MIL sum.

Brandon McCarthy SP – (First Year of 2YR – Deal/$15.5 MIL) $4,000,000 + $2,500,000 signing bonus – The Diamondbacks wanted to add a veteran to the rotation, McCarthy fits that mold. He also will be reunited with former teammate Trevor Cahill.

J.J. Putz RP – (Club Option) $6,500,000 – Putz was very valuable in the in bullpen this past season, Arizona picking up the option was a no-brainer.

J.J Putz has 183 Saves since 2006, which included his stints with the White Sox and Mets where he was not the closer

J.J Putz has 183 Saves since 2006, which included his stints with the White Sox and Mets – where he was not the closer.

Cody Ross OF – (First Year of 3YR – Deal/$25.5 MIL – but has a club option for 2016 at $9.5 Million – with a $1 Million buyout) $5,000,000 + $3,000,000 signing bonus –  Ross had a good year with the Red Sox, but his sign came as a surprise not knowing the team would trade away Upton.

Trevor Cahill SP – (Second year of 4 YR – Deal/$30 MIL,  but has a club option for 2016 at $13 Million – with a $300,000 buyout, and 2017 club option at $13.5 Million with a $500,000 buyout.)  – $5,500,000 Cahill had an average season in 2012, but struggled to be consistent in his starts.

Aaron Hill 2B – (Second Year of 2YR – Deal, but signed a 3YR extension for $35 Million through 2016) – $5,500,000 in 2013, Hill had very good season by playing stellar defense and backed up the defense by swinging a hot bat during the year. Hill was rewarded for his offense with a Silver Slugger Award.

Ian Kennedy SP – (1 – YR Deal) $4,270,000 – The Diamondbacks avoided Arbitration with staff ace from 2011 season. He had a rough year, but did better in the second half of the season.

The Diamondbacks worked hard to fix their 2011 bullpen and came into 2012 with a bullpen core of David Hernandez, Brad Ziegler and J.J. Putz.

The Diamondbacks worked hard to fix their 2011 bullpen and came into 2012 with a bullpen core of David Hernandez, Brad Ziegler and J.J. Putz.

Brad Ziegler RP – (1 – YR Deal) $3,150,000 – The Diamondbacks avoided arbitration again with one of their most consistent relief pitchers. Ziegler is a ground ball specialist by nature.

Eric Chavez 3B – (1 -YR Deal) $3,000,000 – The Diamondbacks signed Chavez as a free agent to back Prado at 3B.

Cliff Pennington SS – (1st YR of a 2 – YR Deal/$5 MIL) – 1.75 Million in 2013 and 3.25 Million in 2014.  The Diamondbacks once again avoid arbitration by signing Pennington to compete for the starting SS position. Pennington has proven to be solid defender, and an average hitter in his career.

Gerardo Parra OF – (1 – YR Deal) $2,350,000 – The Diamondbacks avoid arbitration once again by coming to an agreement with Parra. Parra shows he can play premium defense at all three OF positions.

Willie Bloomquist SS – (Second Year of 2-YR Deal/$3.8 MIL) $1,900,000 – The Diamondbacks will be depending on Bloomquist to have another solid season. When Arizona was struggling last season he was the catalyst to their offense, until he went down with a back injury during the season.

John McDonald SS/2B – (Second Year of 2-YR Deal/$3.0 MIL) $1,500,000 – McDonald will play a key role on the bench again, and also start at SS when either Pennington or Bloomquist is not available.

Eric Hinske 1B/OF (1 – Year Deal) $1,350,000 – Hinske will be backup Goldschmidt at 1B – and he can also play one of the corner OF position.  He is a playoff veteran with many clubs and is a solid PH as well.

Tony Sipp RP (1 – Year Deal) $1,275,000 – Sipp was another player Arizona was able to come to an agreement without going to arbitration. Sipp will be one of the lefties in the bullpen for Arizona.

David Hernandez RP (First Year of 2 -YR/$3.25 MIL) $1,250,000 – Hernandez was the Diamondbacks set-up man, and he did a spectacular job in his role.

Wil Nieves C (1 – Year Deal) $800,000 – Nieves role will be to serve as a backup to Montero.

The total cost for these 20 players is about $82 Million. They have also agreed to a Minor League Deal with Free Agent Catcher Rod Barajas which is worth $800,000 if he is brought up to the Majors.

Pre-Arbitration Eligible Players (Amounts are 2012 contracts):

Daniel Hudson was 16-12 - with a 3.49 ERA in 2011 for the NL West Champs.  He also took home a Silver Slugger Award for NL Pitchers.

Daniel Hudson was 16-12 – with a 3.49 ERA in 2011 for the NL West Champs. He also took home a Silver Slugger Award for NL Pitchers.

Daniel Hudson SP – $504,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2014) – Hudson did very well 2011, but came 2012, his starts were not good and he was playing through pain in his elbow, and then a diagnosis showed he a tear in his Ulnar Collateral Ligament. This tear resulted in him needing Tommy John surgery. He is expected to be back around the All-Star break.

Matt Reynolds RP – $481,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2014) – This is another guy in the bullpen who can Lefties out.

Josh Collmenter RP – $486,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2014) – Collmenter is guy who can confuse hitters with his over the top throwing motion. He is better suited in the pen, than being a starter. He just might be able to challenge Brian Wilson for best beard in baseball.

Paul Goldschmidt 1B – $482,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015) – Goldschmidt had a breakout year that showed off his power and his ability steal bases. He will be relied upon to provide some thunder in the lineup with Upton gone.

Wade Miley SP – $481,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015) – Miley was the model for consistency every time he pitched. He finished 2nd in the Rookie of The Year voting. Arizona might have had an even worse year if it was not for Miley.

Joe Paterson RP – $487,500 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015) – Paterson spent most of the season in AAA Reno, because he was unable to duplicate the success in 2011. I look for Paterson to earn a spot on the roster this Spring Training.

Randall Delgado SP – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2015) – Delgado came over in the Upton trade with Prado; he is expected to compete with Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs for the fifth spot in the rotation.

The Dbacks are in an extremely tough Division with the Dodgers holding a Payroll of near $220 Million in 2013 - and with the WS Champion Giants as well

The Dbacks are in an extremely tough Division with the Dodgers holding a Payroll of near $220 Million in 2013 – and with the WS Champion Giants as well

Patrick Corbin SP – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016) – Corbin will also be competing for the fifth spot against Delgado and Skaggs. Corbin has the advantage that he spent the most time with the club last season between the three pitchers vying for the fifth spot in the rotation.

A.J. Pollock OF – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016) – Pollock will also be competing with Parra and Eaton for the starting CF position. Pollock has the speed to play the position, and has some pop in his bat, but I believe Eaton will win the starting job.

Tyler Skaggs SP – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016) – Skaggs will be trying to get the fifth spot in the rotation. I think Skaggs has the best chance to win the spot in the rotation.

Didi Gregorius SS  – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016) Gregorius was the player acquired Arizona trade away pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to Cleveland. Gregorius will miss most of Spring Training because of some discomfort in right (throwing) elbow. The competition for starting SS will be between Pennington & Bloomquist.

Adam Eaton OF – $480,000 (Arbitration Eligible in 2016) – Eaton impressed once he was called up late last season. He showcased all of skills, while showing he could be a leadoff hitter. This is something the team has not had in a long time. He will be competing with Parra for the starting CP position.

The rest of the Diamondbacks’ opening day roster could be made of Pre-Arbitration Eligible players, so add another $6 Million to the payroll, putting it around a maximum of $90 Million. When the opening payrolls are released, you could see this number in mid 80s to low 90s.

Going Forward:

Right now, the Diamondbacks have only 10 players signed for 2014 for a total of $77 Million. There is a strong possibility that the club would pick up the option for Kubel if he has a similar year of how he performed in 2012. This does give them some flexibility in what players they feel will help them continue to build and also for long-term contracts with Goldschmidt, Miley, & Eaton.

Jason Kubel is one of the better RBI OF/DH in the last 4 years with 343 RBI in only 1904 AB.  This works out to be about 108 RBI for every 600 AB.  This is great production yet he doesn't see that much respect.  With Justin Upton being traded, this gives the club more reasons to keep the productive OF

Jason Kubel is one of the better RBI OF/DH in the last 4 years with 343 RBI in only 1904 AB. This works out to be about 108 RBI for every 600 AB. This is great production – yet he doesn’t see that much respect. With Justin Upton being traded, this gives the club more reasons to keep the productive OF.  He will make 7.5 Million for 2013 – and the team holds the same dollar figure for a Club Option in 2014.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Diamond Backs Correspondent’ Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks ever since he started watching baseball at the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are  hockey and basketball.  Chris is very good with computers and is a college graduate.  He is excited for this season to see what Arizona can do – and believes they will win the west.  Chris is very active on Twitter and especially during the baseball season chatting with other Diamondbacks fans. Be sure to follow him and talk about the great game of baseball.

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