AAOP: Depth to Injuries

This team had injury troubles in 2016 to say the least. The problem is though, you can't realistically plan for them not to happen because if they happened once, they can happen again. Therefore, the aim should be to make this roster more adaptable and to build in as many contingency plans as possible. Every year we say "we can't have that luck again", yet here we are, again, remarking about what rotten luck we had. Devise a plan that will succeed anyway. Build a roster anticipating the same injury troubles. If this is the year we finally have regular luck, if such a thing exists, we'll be that much better.

Assessing the Damage:

Last season saw the Mets offense finish a disappointing 25th in Runs Scored. Yoenis Cepsedes was far too often the lone threat in the lineup positing a 134 wRC+ with a team-leading .251 ISO. However, because of lack of roster depth, he was forced to play through a nagging quad strain that perhaps hampered him from reaching even greater heights. The Cuban slugger is in need of a contract though. After being brought over at the deadline, Jay Bruce under performed expectations only delivering 0.4 fWAR of value. Michael Conforto hit for a 96 wRC+ in a disappointing sophomore season. Juan Lagares visited the DL for a second straight season, and for a second straight season it had a lasting effect on his ability to play the field. These two young players are still part of the future, but caution with regard to counting on them to be more than complementary pieces should be clear. The only outfielder who wasn't hampered by injury or struggled to perform to expectations was Curtis Granderson (114 wRC+).

In the infield, things only got worse. Lucas Duda went down in May and never fully recovered in time for the playoff push; he is set to make $6.7M in arbitration. James Loney provided negative value in Duda's stead and is invited to contact the Long Island Ducks for employment options. David Wright's body sadly betrayed him in June after hitting for a 117 wRC+. He should be back for Spring Training, but it's apparent that we can't count on Wright to play a full season. Neil Walker acclimated himself well to New York (122 wRC+), but he eventually succumbed to season-ending back surgery; the free agent is thanked for his services and allowed to look at other opportunities. Asdrubal Cabrera was somewhat of a surprise positing a 113 wRC+, 3 fWAR season, but yet again, he was a player who spent time on the DL (with a knee sprain). Wilmer Flores (112 wRC+) and Jose Reyes (108 wRC+) had successful seasons, but even they spent time on the DL. The need for roster depth is clear. There will be injuries and we need to have the options on the roster to not just survive them, but succeed anyway.

If it Aint Broke, Don't Fix it (Just Sign it to a Contract Extension):

6809.0.jpeg Yoenis Cespedes is re-signed to a 4-year, $100M contract extension with a 5th year, $26M team option. Yo' wants to stay in NY, and NY wants Yo' to stay. Yo' is good at baseball, and we need a good baseball player. It's a perfect match and you're overthinking it and hate fun if you don't bring him back. After an inventive contract extension brought him back for 2016, he performed as we all hoped he would putting up a 134 wRC+ and 3.2 fWAR despite being asked to essentially split time between LF and CF. Let him play 140+ games in LF and bask in the glory as he bat-flips his way to a .250 ISO in the heart of the order and guns down runner after runner with his fantastic arm. The structure of the deal is as follows: 2017: $24M, 2018: $25M, 2019: $25M, 2020: $26M ($3M buy-out), 2021 (optional): $26M ($1M buy-out).

If it Could Easily Become Broke (and it Can), Fix it:

7510.0.jpeg In the first step of a two-step trade, from Arizona comes OF Socrates Brito and RHP Jake Barrett in exchange for OF Curtis Granderson, SS Luis Guillorme, and 3B Eudor Garcia. Losing Granderson is painful as he's a pro's pro and fantastic member of the community. However, we need to get younger, he has just one year left on his contract, and we need some financial flexibility. Coming our way is Brito, a former international free agent signee from the Dominican Republic. Brito is similar to Brandom Nimmo in that he was once thought of as a potential every day CF but that promise hasn't quite shown through and thoughts of a platoon-level player or second-division starter seem more likely. That said, like Nimmo, there is still time for the 24 year old to make good on his promise. For his part, Brito runs very well, has a plus arm, and improving plate discipline; he's shown a lot of tools, but he's still in the process of putting them together consistently. He debuted for Arizona last season with a 34 wRC+ in 97 PAs after posting a 100 mark in 317 PAs for AAA Reno. For reference, Sickels rated him a B- going into the 2016 season. More on Brito in a bit.

Barrett is a young reliever with a large frame (6'2", 220lbs) and a fastball/slider mix. He was drafted out of ASU in the 3rd round as a potential closer, but the 25-year old has yet to deliver on that promise. He had an auspicious debut last year with the Diamondbacks in 59.1 IP (3.49 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 126 ERA+) and even got some save opportunities as a result of the Diamondbacks bullpen tumult, but overall has kind of under-impressed given expectations. He throws his fastball between 94 and 98 and has a plus slider, but the main thing holding him back from taking the next step appears to be his command. We happen to have Dan Warthen who has slider black-magic. Sounds like a pretty good fit if you ask me. In Barrett we get a good-not-great young reliever who could become a middle-relief weapon if he refines his command. For reference, Sickes rated Barrett a C+ in his 2016 rankings. Barrett is set to make the league minimum as a pre-arbitration player.

For their troubles Arizona addresses one of the MLBs worst offensive outfields in 2016 with the addition of Granderson. Granderson isn't getting any younger, but after last year's fiasco, the D-Backs need to show something on the field and the veteran OF is still an above average player with an above average bat. Add him to the returning AJ Pullock and David Peralta and all of a sudden, they have a good looking group. They also add Guillorme who is an intriguing mixture of upside and floor. He could make the show as a UTL on the strength of his defense alone, but if he ever figures out how to add even a smidge of power to go along with his good approach at the plate, he could become an everyday SS. In addition, they receive the 22-year old Garcia. Garcia seems like he's been around for a while now, and he's most likely organizational filler, but he still has power potential in his bat and that gives him lotto-ticket value. He came back from a 80-day PED suspension to have a truncated, though successful season in A ball.

6808.0.jpeg In the second step of a two-step trade, C/1B Stephen Vogt and 3B Matt Chapman come over from Oakland in exchange for OF Jay Bruce, OF Socrates Brito, RHP Erik Goeddel, 3B David Thompson, and LHP PJ Conlon. Similar to Bean's acquisition of Matt Holliday a few years back, Bruce heads to the A's for the final year of his contract. The idea for Bean, is to buy an asset that has seen it's value diminished in the hopes that it can be flipped by the trade deadline at a profit. Contrary to thoughts in some circles, Bruce still has value right now. Power always sells, and considering the payday a player like Mark Trumbo is floated to be in store for, power doesn't have to come with much else to sell at a premium. Chapman was a fringe top-100 prospect mid-season 2016 (#94 on Mayo's list, not on other's) who has a great arm and above average power. The gamble is if Bean can flip Bruce at the deadline for a Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell-type return. We've seen Bean take these types of risks before so its not out of the question for him to do it again. We've also seen him willing to pay for power, so it's not out of the question he does it again. The upshot for us (besides moving about $9M in payroll) is we recoup a decent part of our loses with Bruce by acquiring a young 3B with the threat of post-Wright life ever looming. In addition to Bruce, the A's also get the aforementioned Brito, a cheap and useful 'pen arm, a young lefty starter, and an intriguing young bat. Brito fits into their rebuilding mantra, as do Thompson and Conlon. Brito now stands as one of the few legitimate OF prospects the A's have. Thompson takes the sting out of moving Chapman as he has a similar (albeit further away) power profile but lacks the plus-defensive tools. Conlon is a finesse lefty who is skewering the lower levels, but has just a fringy four-pitch mix that will likely limit his ceiling. Goeddel helps a pedestrian bullpen and maybe frees up one of their veteran relief arms to be traded at the deadline for more futures.

In 2016 we saw that maybe Travis d'Arnaud wasn't quite the all-star level catcher we thought he was (74 wRC+ in 276 PAs) and he missed more time to injury (rotator cuff strain). That said, we've seen him put it together before (130 wRC+ in 268 PAs in 2015) so it doesn't make sense to throw a large contract at Matt Wieters or to ship off one (or more) of our top prospects for another young backstop who likely will have a lot of the same drawbacks d'Arnaud does. In comes Vogt and his career 101 wRC+ to take the pressure off. Vogt actually has had a better wRC+ than Wieters over the last two years and while he won't help you on defense, there are a dearth of catching options that can bring positive value on both sides of the ball. No, Vogt won't help our struggles against the run game, but I'm willing to bet that most of d'Arnaud's troubles were due to his rotator cuff injury. Additionally, Vogt brings a level of insurance if Duda sees a recurrence of back issues as he can also play 1B.

Chapman is a 23-year old who brings plus defense in an excellent arm and above-average glove. He matches that with an interesting all-fields power-profile at the plate backed by strong athleticism. It isn't all roses for Chapman as he's had high K-rates at almost every stop in his minor league career (never lower than 22.4% with at least 85 PAs). He'll need to overcome the strikeout issues to reach his full potential, but that potential is a strong every-day player. Chapman finished his 2016 with a 101 wRC+ across 85 PAs for AAA Nashville and a 141 wRC+ in 504 AA PAs. For reference, Sickles rated Chapman a B in his 2016 rankings. He will head to Vegas to work on limiting his strikeouts without sacrificing his all-fields power with the possibility of a September call up almost a certainty.

7994.0.jpeg Additionally, 3B/SS Jung Ho Kang is acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for SS Gavin Cecchini, RHP Gabriel Ynoa, and LHP Anthony Kay (as a PTBNL). The Pirates are an interesting team. They only won 78 games this past year, yet the season before they won 98. They have a lot of their premier minor league talent on the precipice of the majors, yet still have a lot of system depth. There has been talk - for about the last year - that they might go through a transitional phase of moving out their "old guard" to ring in the new. I don't know if they will go through with trading Andrew McCutchen, but moving Kang could certainly make some sense. The former KBO star has been a major success story for those looking to parlay international success into an MLB career. However, the now 29 year old has not reached 500 PAs in either season of his MLB career so far (losing time to a broken leg/MLC tear combo and a non throwing arm shoulder injury) which limits his value; when he's on the field he's very good, but he hasn't been on the field enough to rack up a 4 fWAR season yet. Moving Kang allows the Pirates to pick up some younger MLB-ready pieces to go along with their youth movement without cutting out a core-piece of their team. We get to add a potentially pivotal piece at a non-prohibitive cost.

Kang brings a lot of raw power (.210 career ISO) with his distinctive leg-kick and uppercut swing. However, he doesn't strikeout at a particularly unhealthy rate (21.3 career K%) and he still gets on base at a good clip (.355 career OBP). Additionally, he can play 3B and SS, and if you put him at 2B in Spring Training, he could probably figure it out as he moves well and has clean transition skills that bolster an average arm. In a world where you don't know how many games Wright's body will allow him to play, that makes Kang a very valuable piece to the team going forward. With all those good attributes, the best thing about Kang might be his contract; 2.75M in 2017, $3M in 2018, and a club option for $5.5M in 2019 with a $250K buy-out. One might ask with Kang's injury history, how he represents an better alternative than Walker. The answer is two-fold: One, those one-offs from a 29 year-old are preferable to what might become a degenerative back condition from a 31 year-old, and two, he represents a far lower dollar investment possibly hitting the DL.

For all that Kang brings, it will cost us an MLB-ready MI prospect, an MLB-ready back-end starter, and a former compensatory round pick. Cecchini has yet to develop much in-game power, but he has an advanced approach at the plate and the concerns he'll need to move off SS are all but quelled. The sum-of-his-parts player allows the Pirates to either permanently shift Josh Harrison over to 3B or upgrade from 30-year old Jordy Mercer if they want to continue the Alen Hanson experiment at 2B. Besides Josh Bell, they don't have really have an infield prospect to hang their hat on; Cecchini gives them that, and along with players like Jameson Tallion, Austin Meadows, and Tyler Glasnow, can usher in a new era of Pittsburgh baseball. Ynoa took a big step forward last year from odd-ball control freak to real MLB-option as his breaking stuff came into focus. Ynoa adds a control arm to the Pirates rotation that sat 20th in the league in the BB/9 category last season (his 2.33 BB/9 last year in Vegas was the highest of his MiLB career). Among the injury issues the Pirates young group of starters faced, he also gives them an arm that can take the mound every 5th day where he'll induce grounder after grounder. Basically, he'll step into the shoes of Ivan Nova who will surely leave for an overpay from a larger market team. Kay will miss most of the 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the 2016 draft pick has the makings of a fast moving, back-end starter. He will need to be included as a PTBNL since he is not yet a full year removed from his selection in the rule-4 draft.

Contingencies for Your Contingencies:

4403.0.jpeg Carlos Gomez is signed to a 2-year, $24M contract to play CF. The one time Mets top-prospect has hit rough waters in recent years, but has shown signs of resurgence. He has posted back-to-back years of less than 100 wRC+, however, in the last half of the 2016 season, he posted a 108 mark. Essentially, there's a decent chance his struggles are behind him, and there is a non-zero chance he returns to putting up All-Star numbers. Even if this is the new normal for Gomez, he still provides better than scratch defense and good base running value which elevate his floor; for example, in 2015 despite just a 97 wRC+, he still was worth 2.7 fWAR. Gomez represents a bit of a gamble, but I'm willing to bet on skill and that his dip was possibly related to trying too hard to hit for power in Minute Maid Park with its idiosyncrasies. The addition of Gomez pushes Lagares to 4th OF duties and Nimmo down to Vegas. It also leaves Conforto to RF where he is much better suited. That said, still give Conforto time at 1B in Spring Training as roster flexibility is always a good thing. Gomez's contract is structured as follows: 2016: $11M, 2017: $13M

Depth Beyond Your Depth:

Reyes, Lagares, and Vogt are already in the fold and Wilmer Flores is due $1.9M in arbitration. TJ Rivera had a great debut batting for a 119 wRC+ in 113 PAs, but is returned to Vegas to continue to percolate and serve as first call-up option. That leaves one spot open and we have a need for another player capable of playing the OF.

446.0.jpeg Back comes Kelly Johnson on a 1-year, $2M contract to fill out the bench. Johson can play all over the field and I'm tired of giving up mid-tier pitching prospects to get him in season after we figure out we didn't fill out our roster adequately. We cut to the chase and add him to the bench from day-one. Between Reyes, Flores, and Lagares, we should always have an option off the bench for tough left handed pitching, Vogt beats up on righties, and Johnson has no discernible splits. We also have the luxury of having multiple back up options essentially all over the diamond, but specifically at the positions we've experienced recent injury troubles.

6594.0.jpeg In a change of scenery move, C Kevin Plawecki is traded to the Angeles in exchange for C Carlos Perez. Plawecki's struggle to adjust to MLB pitching is well documented; he has a career 58 wRC+ and has shown nothing in the way of in-game power with an embarrasing .074 career ISO. The Angles make the low-risk swap due to "Plaw's" strong early marks in stealing strikes and in the hopes that Plawecki's strong AAA numbers begin to translate. Carlos Perez is 4 months older, but despite also having struggles transitioning to the MLB level, has had more success than Plawecki. Perez has a career 67 wRC+ and .106 ISO, but has shown some promise with an 83 wRC+ in 283 PAs in 2015, and a .116 ISO in 291 PAs in 2016. Additionally, his arm is an asset as he has a career 38% caught stealing rate in the MLB and a 36% mark in his MiLB career. I've traded for Perez in four of my last five AAOPs. This time it's really about elevating our floor as well as the prior motivation of betting on tools as Perez hasn't been great, but his strong defensive skill set gives him a usfulness even at his current level of offensive production. Perez heads to Vegas to pair with the non-tendered Rene Rivera who is brought back on a minor league contract. These two will help take care of our pitchers who spend time in the minefield that is a PCL. They also give us a pair of useful defensive options in case d'Arnaud makes another trip to the DL and Vogt is forced into everyday action. Perez has one last year before he gains arbitration eligibility.

5887.0.jpeg Additionally, IF Eric Sogard and IF Juan Uribe are signed to minor league deals. Uribe saw hard times in 2016 reaching just a 54 wRC+ despite a 104 mark in 2015 and was released by Cleveland in August. Sogard never had a great bat but can play multiple positions well enough to provide replacement-level value; he was designated for assignment this past October and elected free agency. They will both head to Vegas to provide veteran leadership and last-measure options for the major league roster. It's unlikely they amount to much, but it costs us next to nothing to bring them into the organization.

Aces and Anchors:

First off, we're very fortunate to have so much talent and we had a great year form the rotation (3rd in ERA, 1st in FIP, 1st in fWAR). However, that talent has rarely been active at the same time. Noah Syndergaard was among the MLB's best with a 158 ERA+ over 183.2 IP. He was also the lone "Ace" that made his way through the year unscathed. Matt Harvey struggled (85 ERA+ over 92.2 IP) before undergoing thoracic outlet surgery. The hope is his struggles were caused by his ailment and he'll be back to his dominant self come Spring Training. Jacob deGrom was limited to just 148 innings due to needing surgery to repair his ulnar nerve. However, in those 148 innings, he was very effective posting a 135 ERA+. Steven Matz pitched to a 121 ERA+ but was also limited to just 132.1 innings first with shoulder soreness, then with bone spurs that required surgery. Zack Wheeler suffered a relatively major setback and was limited to 0.1 A-ball IP on the way to recovery after TJ surgery in 2015. He's still #5 on the depth chart, but we can't count on him for innings in 2017. Bartlolo Colon was a treasure, but he is looking for guaranteed starts; he's allowed to look elsewhere. Robert Gsellman was a revelation (170 ERA+, 44.2 IP) and Seth Lugo set the StatCast world aflame with his spin rates which culminated to a 154 ERA+ in 64 IP. However, the idea that we can just throw these two guys into the rotation and count on them as the first and second option in case of injury (with little to nothing behind them) is flawed. It would be misguided to extrapolate small samples to full seasons, and they weren't without flaws (Gsellman's 81.3 LOB% and Lugo's .230 BABIP, 4.33 FIP). Speaking of "little to nothing", that brings us to Logan Verrett and Rafael Montero. Verrett struggled to a 79 ERA+ in 91 IP while Montero pitched to a miserable 52 ERA+. They are no longer anything more than emergency extra depth. Maybe you even toy with the idea of moving them to the 'pen to see if they find better results, but the bottom line is they can't be counted on to preform at the MLB level and with our recent injury history, that's a problem. The idea of "Five Aces" is nice, but realistically we need someone capable of throwing 180 some-odd innings.

Don't Count Your Depth Before it Hatches:

6041.0.jpeg In comes LHP Doug Fister on a one-year, $7M deal to do just that. In the wake of Colon, we need an innings eater that won't break the bank. He's not quite as rubber-armed as the barrel of laughs from the Dominican Republic, and won't be bringing the sexy in quite the same way, but few are or can. After years of front-line production, he's took a tumble with two consecutive years of ERAs and FIPs >4; or in other words, Colon in 2015. Never a big strikeout guy, it seems the long-ball has been the culprit as it's spiked to the 1.20 range after years of sub-1 results. However, his battled ball profile remains within career averages (his FB rate is ever-so-slightly higher than in the past) so it's not like he's giving up tons of line drives or forgot how to induce ground balls. Instead, it seems he's not getting as many swing and misses as he used to, which could be tied to his rising HR rate. Whatever the reason for his recent struggles, he threw 180.1 serviceable innings last year in Houston, has been relatively injury free in his career, and comes on an affordable contract. That's what this rotation needs as it hopes for the returned health of Harvey, Matz, DeGrom, and Wheeler. On the up-side, he throws a slider that started being recorded as a cutter some years ago and perhaps some time with Warthen could sharpen the pitch and perhaps rekindle some magic in the veteran arm. Fister gives us the ability to be patient with Wheeler, and pushes Gsellman and Lugo down to Vegas to start the year where they will battle for first call-up rights when injury strikes.

8009.0.jpeg Additionally, we step into the international free agency market signing LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim from the KBO to a 2-year, $3M contract with a 3rd year, $3M team option. In 2014, Kim was posted and the Padres won the negotiating rights with a $2M bid. The two sides were apparently close at $2M over 2-years with two team options, but ran out of time so he returned to the KBO. Fast forward two years and you have mostly the same pitcher, who is now 28 and an unrestricted FA. Kim throws a high-80s/low-90s fastball that he can reportedly run up to the mid-90s (his high release point adds perceived velocity); he matches that with a slider that's likely above average (it's already good, but again, tap that Warthen magic), an average changeup, and a show-me curveball. He will likely need some time in the minors to adjust to American style baseball, but that's not an uncommon path for non-premier foreign talent. Additionally, some time under Frank Viola's watchful eye could certainly help Kim's biggest flaw, his control. He has had injury troubles in the past, and those of course add some tarnish, but this is not a large-money signing, nor one that is going to be counted on to be a roster stalwart. The upside here is something similar to Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the more likely outcome is a back of the rotation option on a cheap contract; the fall-back is something between a LOOGY and a swing-man. The structure of the contract is as follows: 2016: $1.5M, 2017: $1.5M, 2018: (optional) $3M, to be released at end of contract.

Punctuate the 'Pen:

In 2016 the bullpen might not have matched the highs of the ration, but it certainly was a positive contributor and among the league's best (6th in ERA, 3rd in FIP, 2nd in fWAR). The two-headed monster of Juerys Familia and Addison Reed lead the way with fantastic seasons (161 and 209 ERA+s respectively in matching 77.2 IP). Behind them Hansel Robles also had a very promising season (118 ERA+ in 77.2 IP). Josh Smoker debuted and while he didn't excel, he showed that the potential for success is there (14.67 K/9) as long as he finds a way to keep the ball in the park (2.35 HR/9). However, even if his struggles with the long-ball stays flat, less rotten luck should lead to marginally better results (.387 BABIP). Even Fernando Salas who was found on the scrap-heap mid-season had success after coming aboard. However, that success yo-yo'ed his value back to what it was previously and makes him likely too expensive to bring back considering other moves that need to be made. Josh Edgin successfully made his return from Tommy John surgery and will head to Vegas as depth. He's joined by Sean Gilmartin who had a less than exciting year. After the addition of Barrett, we need another strong, perfably high-leverage option.

4981.0.jpeg Coming aboard on a 4-year, $30.5M contract is LHP Brett Cecil. As a lefty, Cecil is not just a LOOGY, even though he is hard on LHB (career .277 wOBA). Since moving to a relief role, Cecil has pitched to a 2.90 ERA and put up a 11.5 K/9 and 3.68 K/BB. In fact, before last season, his lowest ERA+ out of the bullpen had been 141 - and it was still 110 in 2016 so it's not like he's coming off a bad year. On the topic of last season, 2016 did see a down-tick in GB% (to 42%) and an up-tick in LD% (to 28%), but his FIP was still just 3.64. Additionally, as the year went on, he got progressively more like his 2013-2015 self posting a .280 wOBA against in the second half. Overall, we get another strong, high-leverage arm to add to what was already a very good back end.

6398.0.jpeg Additionally, LHP Tim Collins, RHP Jarrod Parker, and RHP Henderson Alvarez are signed to minor league contracts. Collins, once one of the MLB's premier setup men, hasn't pitched since 2014 recovering from consecutive Tommy John surgeries. Parker, a former 9th overall pick, was making a solid MLB career before his second Tommy John surgery and a fractured elbow (which also required surgical repair) forced him from MLB action since 2013. Alvarez was an All-Star in 2014, but has had a career-long battle with shoulder inflammation including a pair of surgeries which have led him to being out-righted off 40-man rosters two years running (once after being limited to 33.2 IP across all levels in 2015, and again after 33 MiLB IP 2016). These three represent remote chances of MLB contributions, but in the off chance any of them do find health and mount a career comeback, it would only add depth to our pitching staff. If they don't, it cost us next to nothing.

Final Notes:

The 2016 season saw us suffer under a plague of injuries. We can't truly say it can't happen again. Therefore we need to plan is if it will. The lineup is now rich with weapons with the additions of Kang and Gomez. The rotation has adequate depth with Fister pushing Gsellman and Lugo off the 25-man roster. The bench is adaptable with multiple solutions to a wide range of possible problems. The bullpen is strengthened even further. Not only should we weather an injury storm, we should cruise. The answer to injuries is not hoping for better luck. The answer to injuries is depth - and with this plan the 2017 Mets will have it and should pass the 90-win threshold again.



Additional Notes to the Staff: This AAOP was written with the idea that I had control over the team from the day after the World Series as the rules were ambiguous in that regard. If players I had intended to sign, signed real-wolrd contracts before publishing, I used those real-world contracts so as to avoid instances of "rose colored" vision.

Additions: Jung Ho Kang, Carlos Gomez, Brett Cecil, Doug Fister, Jake Barrett, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Carlos Perez, Matt Chapman, Tim Collins, Jarrod Parker, Henderson Alvarez, Eric Sogard, Juan Uribe

Departures: Curtis Granderson, Gavin Cecchini, Gabriel Ynoa, Anthony Kay, Erik Goeddel, Kevin Plawecki, David Thompson, Luis Guillorme, PJ Conlon, Eudor Garcia

Guaranteed Contracts: $34.75M

Contracts via Arbitration: $41.125M

Contracts via FA/Trade: $65.075M

Total 2017 Payroll: $140.95M

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