The Diamondbacks are considering making a change to a current club policy that mandates only retiring the uniform numbers of players who are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s a silly policy in the first place and makes little sense for a club with less than 15 years under its belt.
“We believe it is time to revisit that particular company policy,”
D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. “It’s limiting and
restrictive for a franchise that is so young and successful. We have
some players who deserve consideration for their numbers to be retired,
whether or not their names are ever enshrined in the Hall of Fame.”
As noted by MLB.com’s
Steve Gilbert, such a change could also clear the way for the
of Luis Gonzalez’s No. 20. Gonzo played for the Diamondbacks for eight years (1999-2006) and was a fan favorite throughout his time in Arizona. He retired with 2,591 total major league hits, 354 home runs and a .283/.367/.479 career batting line, and he is now working within the Diamondbacks’ front office.
The Braves released veteran infielder/outfielder Jose Bautista on Sunday, per a team announcement. Right-hander Lucas Sims was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.
Bautista, 37, was recruited by the Braves in mid-April as a potential third base option. He inked a minor league deal with the club and lasted just 12 games in the majors, during which he batted a meager .143/.250/.343 with three extra-base hits and a .593 OPS across 40 plate appearances. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the big leagues — he collected 40 home runs, a .250 average and 5.3 fWAR with the Blue Jays in 2015 — his power has been noticeably declining over the last three years, and it’s clear the Braves don’t have enough time or opportunity to wait for him to get his groove back.
Without Bautista, Johan Camargo is expected to handle the hot corner on a daily basis. The 24-year-old infielder is working through his sophomore season at the major league level and entered Sunday’s game batting .226/.368/.403 with six extra bases and a .772 OPS in 76 PA. General manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged that top infield prospect Austin Riley could also get a shot at playing third base sometime in 2018, though the club has no current plans to promote him from Triple-A at the moment.