There’s been some speculation about Tony La Russa potentially getting the band back together with the Diamondbacks, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds’ general manager in 2015.
Jocketty previously served as general manager with the Cardinals from 1996-2007 while La Russa was the manager and is currently in the final year of his contract with the Reds. However, Rosenthal hears that “there never has been indication that Jocketty wants to leave Cincinnati, or that owner Bob Castellini wants him out.”
After dropping seven straight and 10 out of 11, the Reds sit at 61-68 on the year. They are currently on pace for their worst season since 2008.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.