Yesterday the Arizona Diamondbacks made several chances to their roster.
Diamomdbacks General Manager Dave Stewart announced that the team released veteran OF Cody Ross, and sent down Cuban Yasmany Tomas to Triple A after he struggled at 3B and at the plate this spring. Both moves were announced on twitter.
Ross is an 11 year Major League veteran. He played two seasons with the Diamondbacks, and hit .268 with 177 games.
When he was healthy, he was valuable to this team because of his track record against lefties, and his leadership in the clubhouse. Arizona still owes Ross the $9.5 million left on his current deal.
The Diamondbacks signed Tomas to a six year $68.5 million dollar contract this offseason. It was the teams biggest splash.
Tomas has always been known as an OF, but he has played primarily at 3B. He made several errors and struggled at the plate hitting .257 with 6 extra base hits.
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There is a reason why the Diamondbacks gave Tomas such a large contract.
They believe he will be something special. He just needs extra work in the minors and it’s understandable.
Jake Lamb was better at the plate, and at third base and he deserves the job. Tomas will be here at some point.
Ross might still have value, but he is making to much money for the amount of playing time he is going to get, and the Diamondbacks already have a crowded OF.