It wasn’t quite as last-minute as their deal with Miguel Montero this morning, but the Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with Ryan Roberts by signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Roberts requested $2.275 million and Arizona countered at $1.65 million, so they settled slightly above the midpoint.
Roberts didn’t get an extended opportunity in the majors until age 28, when the Diamondbacks signed him after he was let go by both the Blue Jays and Rangers, so that represents a pretty nice payday in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
He’s hit .256 with a .342 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage in 289 games for Arizona and will be the Opening Day third baseman after Melvin Mora got that nod last year.
Even Drellich of NBC Sports Boston has learned that Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The announcement should come from MLB at any moment. Wright will begin the season on the disabled list and will not serve his suspension until he is healthy.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by a Williamson County, Tennessee judge. If Wright stays out of trouble for a 12-month span from the time the case was placed on hold, the charges are expected to be dropped. Likely because of that this is a short suspension by MLB’s domestic violence policy standards, but the league’s policy does provide for discipline even in the absent of legal charges.
Wright made only five starts in 2017 due to knee problems. He had season-ending surgery in May. Over parts of five seasons, the knuckleballer owns a 3.97 ERA in 287 2/3 innings.