Diamondbacks, Iannetta agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal
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PHOENIX — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Chris Iannetta.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been officially announced.
Iannetta, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .210 with seven home runs in 94 games with the Seattle Mariners last season. In additional to his salary, he could make $550,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: $50,000 for 50 and each additional five through 100.
Iannetta will compete with Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis for playing time. The 33-year-old played six seasons with Colorado and four with the Los Angeles Angels before going to Seattle a year ago. He is a career .229 hitter with 107 home runs.
The Diamondbacks also avoided arbitration on Friday with left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin, shortstop Chris Owings, Herrmann and right-handed reliever Randall Delgado by agreeing to one-year contracts.
The moves left right-handed starters Shelby Miller and Taijuan Walker as Arizona's remaining arbitration-eligible players.
Corbin agreed to $3.95 million after making $2,525,000 last season. He was coming off Tommy John surgery last year and was slotted to be a strong No. 3 pitcher in the rotation. But he was ineffective most of the time and eventually was sent to the bullpen. However, he looked stronger in his late-season appearances.
Owings agreed to $2.3 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility. He was used some in
Miller has asked for $5.1 million in arbitration after making $4.35 million during a disastrous first season with Arizona. Acquired from Atlanta last
Walker was acquired from Seattle this
Delgado agreed to a $1,775,000 contract after making $1,275,000 last season. Delgado appeared in 79 games last year out of the bullpen, going 5-2 with a 4.44 ERA. The right-hander has pitched 147 innings over the last two seasons almost entirely out of the bullpen.
Herrmann will make $937,500 on a one-year deal after making $516,900 last year. He hit .284 with six homers while playing in 56 games with the Diamondbacks in 2016.