The Rockies announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to terms for one-year contracts to avoid arbitration with catcher Elias Díaz and righthanded reliever Jairo Díaz.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Elias Díaz will provide $ 1.2 million with $ 300,000 through incentives. According to a source, Jairo Díaz agreed to a one-year deal worth $ 1.1 million.
Elias Díaz, 30, saw more playing time behind the plate as the 2020 season drew to a close. He played in 26 games, hitting .235 with two homeruns (the only two homers hit by Rockies-catchers) and batted in nine runs.
In six seasons with Pittsburgh (2015-19) and the Rockies, Díaz hit .248 with 15 home runs and 91 RBI’s.
Jairo Díaz, 29, got off to a strong start to the 2020 season, working as a part-time clincher. He held opponents scoreless in his first five appearances, but gave up points in seven of his next eleven appearances, placing a 2:00 PM ERA in those games. He finished the season with a 7.65 ERA in 24 appearances. Diaz struggled with right-handed batters, who hit him with a .409 clip.
Wednesday is the deadline for teams to submit their arbitration-eligible players a contract offer for next season. Players who do not receive a contract offer will be considered “unsuccessful” and will become free agents.