ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Diamondbacks finally free to spend money

Feb 14, 2013, 6:39 PM | Updated: 7:51 pm

LISTEN: Derrick Hall, President of the Arizona Diamondbacks

If the Arizona Diamondbacks fail to succeed this season, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.

Or finances.

Team president Derrick Hall, who was a guest of Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday, said the team’s payroll in 2013 will be the highest since 2001, when the D-backs won the World Series.

And only one contract — Bernard Gilkey’s — is left over from the era of deferred contracts.

“We’re in great shape,” Hall said. “A little over $250 million in deferred salaries that are now finally behind us.”

That means the majority of money the D-backs are spending on salaries will be reflected on the field this season.

And they’re spending considerable money on salaries.

“I can tell you we’re at a number that is high for us,” Hall said. “It starts with a nine.”

Hall called it a “commitment”, saying the organization went into the offseason with a budget in mind but made decisions based on what would help the team win.

“There weren’t too many times this offseason when our baseball staff came to me or to [owner Ken Kendrick] and said ‘we have an idea, we want to go get this guy, it’s going to cost us even more,'” Hall said. “Our budget was 80 to 85, and here we are well over that because we are committed, we want to win and we want them to have the resources.”

Hall added “it will be a little tight this year,” but said revenues will change — especially if the team plays well.

“In coming years we’re looking at a new TV contract for us, which can be a game-changer,” he said. “It’s not going to put us up to the Dodger-type money but it’s really going to elevate us in our division.”

Few teams have Dodger-type money. But, Hall said, an expensive roster isn’t a prerequisite to winning a championship.

“I think if you’re a team like us you want to do it the right way,” he said. “We are creating that depth; you don’t need a $200 million payroll to win, you really don’t.”

Hall admitted it would be “tough” to win with a really low payroll, but said the important thing is to have balance.

“For us, we need to scout properly, draft properly, keep those players — retain them, sign them through arbitration years, through free agency years,” he said. “As long as we’re doing our job on the front end and drafting the right players, it doesn’t matter how much money. You just have to keep those players controllable.”

Hall pointed to Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Eaton and Gerardo Parra — as well as most of the pitching staff — as homegrown players, and said that’s how the team has to build.

“If you operate the way you should and could you should be fine, and we’re always going to compete,” he said.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed takes a throw during an unofficial spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Eric Chavez hits during an unofficial spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Willie Bloomquist fields a ground ball during an unofficial spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt tosses the baseball during an unofficial spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Owings makes a throw during an unofficial spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks stretch at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Fans watch as the Arizona Diamondbacks run at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon McCarthy stretches at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, right, talks with Tony Sipp during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks stretch at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks stretch at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Wil Nieves stretches at a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson, left, awaits a throw while Martin Prado watches during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Martin Prado throws during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon McCarthy throws during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill makes a catch at second base during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill bunts during a spring training baseball workout on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Willie Bloomquist makes a throw during a baseball spring training workout Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson takes batting practice in a cage during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) A basket of baseballs are seen as Arizona Diamondbacks players take batting practice in a cage during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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