Yoenis Cespedes picked up his major league-leading 10th outfield assist when he threw out Giancarlo Stanton at the plate from left field to end the bottom of the third inning against the Marlins.
With runners on first and second base with two outs, Garrett Jones hit a soft line drive to left field. Cespedes charged in and got the ball on two hops, then fired a strike to catcher Derek Norris on the fly, who then tagged Stanton for the final out of the inning.
Note to opponents of the Athletics: don’t run on Cespedes.
Despite losing Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency, then trading Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, the Diamondbacks insist they’re not entering a rebuilding mode, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Most likely, this is just the D-Backs saving face publicly given how much contention there has been between ownership and the players’ union over teams aggressively not competing. The D-Backs aren’t expected to be in the running for any of the bigger-name free agents, so it’s going to be very tough to replace the production lost from Corbin, Pollock, and Goldschmidt. The smart money is still on expecting the D-Backs to continue trading away players like Robbie Ray and David Peralta. Greinke might stay, but only because of his contract, which still has three years and $95.5 million remaining.