Diamondbacks still aren’t sure what to do with $68.5 million signing Yasmany Tomas

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First the Diamondbacks insisted Yasmany Tomas could play third base, then they moved him to the outfield, and now they’ve sent him to Triple-A. So what position will the $68.5 million pickup from Cuba play in the minors?

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Tomas will play third base, outfield, and possibly even some first base. Or as general manager Dave Stewart put it:

What we’re trying to do is figure out a way to create at-bats for him, which is primarily the reason he didn’t stay. If we had more at-bats and could get him more playing time, he’d be here.

First base in Arizona is occupied by Paul Goldschmidt and prospect Jake Lamb is a better long-term bet at third base. Mark Trumbo started in right field for the Diamondbacks on Opening Day. He’s a 29-year-old with a career .247 batting average and .298 on-base percentage. He also has a .460 slugging percentage thanks to 30-homer power, but the combination of his awful OBP skills, age, and poor defense make Trumbo someone who really shouldn’t be blocking Tomas on a rebuilding team.

Whenever he does get called up to Arizona for good, it seems likely that Tomas will be replacing Trumbo.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.