D-backs Anticipate To Unfold Free Agent Spending
By Jeff Todd | December 6, 2019 at 7:07pm CDTThe Diamondbacks could have cash to work with this winter, however don’t anticipate them to land a premium free agent. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes, the staff intends to unfold its free money round to plug a number of holes.
Staff CEO Derrick Corridor wasn’t trying to play hide-and-seek together with his payroll planning. He made clear the staff expects to open with about as a lot on the books for 2020 because it had within the prior two campaigns. That leaves $30MM and alter to spend towards the 2020 roster, per Piecoro’s tabulations, relying upon the alternatives accessible and any want to maintain a battle chest useful for mid-season strikes.
It’s “uncertain” the staff will “put all of it in on one huge free agent,” Corridor says. Relatively, the intention is to “have a look at a number of guys.” So, the intention is to compete. On the identical time, the group gained’t rule out buying and selling from its MLB roster.
Flexibility is the secret for GM Mike Hazen. The Snakes really feel they’ve it and are keen to put it to use … as long as it doesn’t handcuff them sooner or later. Even because the staff explores potential offers involving southpaw Robbie Ray, who’ll be a free agent after the season, Corridor says there’s a “surplus of expertise” on the farm that might permit the group to construction offers to enhance the MLB product.
The probabilities are countless because the Winter Conferences method. Click on right here to learn our full preview of the Arizona offseason (which we printed earlier than experiences emerged of Ray’s ongoing availability).