As far as signings go this is about as minor as it gets, but the player in question is fun, so that’s worth noting.
Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. Kawasaki is a utlilityman who played some second and third in 14 big league games for the Cubs last year. He played a a lot of shortstop for Triple-A Iowa last season and a little shortstop at the big league level when he was with the Blue Jays. His bat is nothing to write home about. He’ll be organizational depth.
But hopefully he’ll have his moments in the spotlight. Like when a spring training crowd in Mesa chanted his name and he responded with a big homer, all coming on the day he was cut from the big league squad. Or when he sang Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing” for his teammates. He’s a fun dude.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.