Chad Tracy: Tracy is under contract for $4.75 million next year with a club option of $7 million for 2010 or a $1 million buyout. Coming off major knee surgery in October 2007, Tracy would need to prove that his right knee would allow him to play third on a regular basis this spring in order to increase his trade value. If they deal him in the offseason for next to nothing, it's an indication of how badly they want to trim payroll.
Miguel Montero: With Chris Snyder getting the bulk of the playing time behind the plate, the D-backs could trade Montero. But as a left-handed catcher with some pop and a low salary, the return they would seek might be more than teams are willing to pay.
Down on the farm
The D-backs do not have the prospects to pull off another Dan Haren-type deal like they did last winter.
Plenty of teams have inquired about young pitchers Max Scherzer and Jarrod Parker, but the D-backs have no plans to deal them. Scherzer is expected to step into the starting rotation in 2009, and Parker, their No. 1 pick in 2007, impressed the club in his first year of pro ball.
As for position players, the system is thin thanks to some trades (Carlos Quentin, Carlos Gonzalez) and promotions (Justin Upton, Chris Young, Mark Reynolds) over the past few seasons.
Big contracts they might unload: Byrnes, Tracy.
Arbitration eligible: Chris Burke, INF; Robby Hammock, C; Conor Jackson, OF; Wil Ledezma, LHP; Augie Ojeda, INF; Tony Pena, RHP; Chad Qualls, RHP; Chris Snyder, C.
Burke, Hammock and Ledezma will probably be non-tendered with Ojeda being a possibility unless they can sign him at a discount.
The D-backs' payroll is complicated in the sense that prior to last offseason the club decided that rather than have a year-to-year budget it was going to give GM Josh Byrnes $240 million to spend over three years. Last year the payroll was around $80 million when you factor in the $8 million or so the D-backs paid to Russ Ortiz.
With Johnson, Ortiz and Hudson coming off the books, it looks like they'll have money to spend, but in reality contract increases to Brandon Webb and Haren, plus all the arbitration guys along with Stephen Drew and Young, will eat up a lot of that.
The bottom line is they have less than $10 million to spend this offseason.