Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart really likes Mark Trumbo

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What’s not to like about Mark Trumbo? He hit 34 home runs and knocked in 100 runs for the Angels in 2013 and would have likely come close to doing the same for the Diamondbacks this season if he hadn’t missed so much time with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Indeed, there’s plenty to like about Trumbo — if you stop right there. He’s slow, can only play first base or corner outfield (two of the least important positions on the diamond), and is a below-average outfielder according to both the stats and the scouts. All of those homers and RBIs are counterbalanced by deficiencies elsewhere.

Stewart, who — along with Tony La Russa, chief baseball officer of the Diamondbacks — recently expressed a desire for the team to adopt a more analytic attitude, sees a lot of potential in Trumbo. Via Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona:

“You have to like him,” Stewart said.

“You have to like the potential. This is a guy who has 30-plus home runs in two seasons. You have to like that kind of player. And he’s a young player, so we should not be the ones to miss out on his potential.”

Stewart also suggested moving Trumbo from left to right field:

“He’s playing left field, which is a difficult position to play,” Stewart said. “At some point, we may have to see if he is a better right fielder. If he is a better right fielder, that may give him peace of mind and comfort, which will make him a better hitter. We have to look at all possibilities to put our players in the best position we can to get the best we can out of them.”

The Diamondbacks acquired Trumbo last December in a three-team trade with the Angels and White Sox. The slugger earned $4.8 million and will be eligible for arbitration for the second of three years over the winter.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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