Weaver, 26, is slated to reach arbitration eligibility in advance of the 2021 season. His earning power will depend upon not only what he’s able to accomplish on the field in a truncated 2020 campaign, but how the arbitration system ultimately adapts to a short season and uncertain economic situation.
Last year, Weaver’s first in Arizona, was both a rousing success and yet another reminder of the fragility of pitchers. He worked to a 2.94 ERA with 9.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in a dozen outings, but health issues put him on the injured list for the rest of the campaign.
Fortunately, Weaver’s elbow and forearm maladies responded well to rest and treatment. He was able to get back to the mound very late in the season. Though he wasn’t at full speed in spring camp, Weaver had made two outings when the coronavirus halted things.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Weaver is able to do when the 2020 campaign finally gets underway. He could certainly be an appealing extension target for the D-Backs, though his new reps are better known for taking players to free agency than negotiating extensions.