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Diamondbacks Ink Calhoun

Just over a week after their unexpected signing of Madison Bumgarner, the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed another slightly above average aging veteran, this time ex-Angel Kole Calhoun. The D-Backs bring in Calhoun on a 2 year deal, over which he will be paid $6M in 2020 and $8M in 2021, with a $9M club option for 2022 (per Nick Piecoro).

Calhoun is coming off a solid year offensively, in which he recorded a Hard Hit Ball % of 42.1%, walked at a rate of 11.1%, and posted an impressive 22.9% HR/FB.

These peripherals led to a 108 wRC+ and .340 xwOBA, his best offensive output since 2016.

He also held his own defensively, and while his 4.9 UZR/150 was a far cry from his career best, it was enough to keep him above league average, and even helped vault him to a 2.5 fWAR campaign.

This isn’t a game changing signing for Arizona, but it’s a low-risk move that fills a hole, and if Calhoun can continue to be a ~2 fWAR player, it’ll be worth the investment. If anything, this signing signifies that the Diamondbacks are getting ready to compete, and if we’re lucky, they will not stop here.

Matt Fronduto

Freshman at Emerson College. Boston native and Bryce Harper apologist. Check out my Twitter! @MattFronduto

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