After the Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Yasmany Tomas on a six-year, $68.5 million contract, there was immediate speculation that the club would consider trading slugger Mark Trumbo. However, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart made it quite clear on Friday that he plans on keeping Trumbo around:
Trumbo’s first year in Arizona didn’t go as planned, as he missed some time with a foot injury while batting just .235/.293/.415 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI over 88 games. Stewart would be selling low if he traded him now. The Diamondbacks still have a potential log jam in their outfield, but they are planning on giving Tomas an opportunity to win the starting third base job in the spring. Some have even suggested that Tomas should begin 2015 in the minors.
Stewart also indicated yesterday that he’s not shopping catcher Miguel Montero, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears that a deal is still possible if the right offer comes along.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.