StatsLLC: Dec 18 / 12:00a ET
News: The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery.
Impact: Because the contract is not guaranteed, Hernandez could be released before opening day for roughly one-quarter or one-sixth of his salary in termination pay, depending on the timing.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 11:58a ET
News: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that Hernandez is slightly ahead of Patrick Corbin in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Although he did not specify a timetable for Hernandez, the team expects Corbin to return in June.
Impact: Hernandez had surgery in early April after receiving the diagnosis of a torn UCL in March. Once he's healthy, Hernandez should slot into a late-inning role for the Diamondbacks again, but improved bullpen depth will allow the team to ease him back toward high-leverage innings. Most likely, Hernandez will start the season the 15-day DL with the hope of returning at some point in May.