July 25, 2021

Diamondbacks Non-Tender Joseph, Souza, Taijuan Walker (AZ Snakepit)


The Diamondbacks have parted ways (at least for now) with back-up catcher Caleb Joseph and outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. The Diamondbacks elected to non-tender both players. The decision to non-tender Joseph was almost a certainty. The back-up catcher was expected to earn about $1.2 million going through the arbitration process. While that sum is not much, the high chance that Joseph would spend the entirety of 2020 in AAA-Reno means the team might be better off with a back-up catcher on a minor league deal.

On a slightly more surprising note, the team also parted ways with Steven Souza, Jr. That move will save the team an estimated $4.125 million in 2020. Although somewhat surprising given the team’s outfield depth concerns and the state of the free agent market, the move is hardly far from justified. Since being acquired in a deal during the winter of 2017, Souza’s time in the dessert has been plagued by injuries and low performance. In two full seasons since the trade, Souza has only appeared in 72 games – all of them in 2018. In those games, some of which were clearly hampered by nagging injury, Souza tallied a .220/.309/.369 triple-slash, hardly the impact power bat…

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