2011 Contract Issues: Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks face a pair of option decisions after the season:

  • First baseman Adam LaRoche has a $7.5MM mutual option with a $1.5MM buyout.  It's pretty rare to see both sides pick up a mutual option.
  • Reliever Bob Howry has a $3MM club option with a $250K buyout.

Aside from LaRoche and Howry, the D'Backs' impending free agents are Brandon Webb, Chad Qualls, Aaron Heilman, and Rodrigo Lopez.  The group is earning about $15.5MM in 2010.  The Diamondbacks are also paying Eric Byrnes $10.6MM this year.

The D'Backs must prepare for a sizeable increase to players under contract – just under $20MM total.  Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Mark Reynolds, and Justin Upton all get bumps in the $4MM range.

More increases will come from arbitration-eligible players.  Stephen Drew, Miguel Montero, and Blaine Boyer are second-year guys, with Conor Jackson and Kelly Johnson entering their third year.  Augie Ojeda could be a fourth-year player. 

Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the information.

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