We’re in “best shape of my life” territory. Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal cut meat from his diet over the offseason. As a result, the backstop is expecting to report to spring training 10 pounds below his typical playing weight, and 20 pounds lower than his typical weight when spring training begins. Grandal plans to add meat back into his diet during spring training.
Grandal, 28, is listed at 235 pounds. Typically players make adjustments if they’re coming off an injury or an otherwise bad season, but Grandal led all National League catchers (min. 400 plate appearances) with 27 home runs. He knocked in 72 runs and hit .228/.339/.477 over 457 PA to boot.
Grandal and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing to a $5.5 million salary for the 2017 season. He’ll be eligible for arbitration one more time in 2018 and then can become a free agent heading into the 2019 season.
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.