Diamondbacks Ink Two to New Contracts

The 2010 Arbitration hearings marks the first for what will be an expensive series of years for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team has been relatively young and as such most of the talent on the major league roster had not accumulated enough service time to be included in the process.

Beginning with this season and stretching for the next several the Diamondbacks will find themselves in an escalating salary state. This season six Diamondbacks were eligible for arbitration and the number will expand over the next couple of years.

Two of the arbitration eligible Diamondbacks have already signed when outfielder Conor Jackson and catcher Miguel Montero agreed to terms. Two more Diamondbacks were signed today when relievers Aaron Heilman and Chad Qualls signed one year contracts with the team.

Heilman was recently acquired from the Chicago Cubs where he found success. He agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.15 million and will be used in the later innings for the Diamondbacks. Heilman has been fairly durable appearing in 70 games for Chicago.

Qualls who was the Diamondbacks closer until an injury to his knee ended his season received a one-year contract valued at $4.185 million. Qualls will once again be counted on to close games for the Diamondbacks. His knee appears to be sound and Qualls should be ready to resume full pitching duties when Spring Training starts next month.

The signing of these two players leaves just two arbitration eligible players remaining – shortstop Stephen Drew and starting pitcher Edwin Jackson both of whom are represented by Scott Boras. Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes will work to sign each avoiding arbitration. Since taking over in 2005 Byrnes has not had any players reach arbitration without signing a contract.


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