Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale talked to reporters during his first press conference of the season today, and he revealed some important information about the team going forward. Here’s a rundown of some key things revealed:
1) Zack Greinke will be the team’s opening day starter. This should come as a surprise to no one; most pitchers who sign $206.5 million dollar contracts in the offseason will start their team’s season opener. Greinke had a 1.66 ERA last season with the Dodgers and finished second to Jake Arrieta in NL Cy Young voting– arguably the greatest Cy Young runner-up in baseball history.
2) Yasmany Tomas will start in left field and David Peralta will start in right. A position swap had been floated a few weeks ago, and now it appears official. A complete breakdown of that swap can be found here.
3) Hale said that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks’ closer. Tyler Clippard will assume his trademark setup role and Daniel Hudson will pitch in the seventh.
4) Jean Segura will see time at both second base and shortstop this spring. He is expected to compete with Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings for the starting spot at one of those positions. While Hale said nobody has a “leg up” in the competition, the price tag paid for Segura indicates he will start somewhere this year.
5) Hale wants to break camp with 13 hitters and 12 pitchers. The team did this on Opening Day last season as well.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Salt River Fields tomorrow.