Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart took a lot of heat when he traded highly-regarded 2014 first round pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves, basically for cash. At the time he tried to brush off the criticism by saying “. . . guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”
Against that backdrop, Ken Rosenthal dropped this in his notes column last night:
“Toussaint touched 98 in his most recent start for the Braves’ Class-A Rome affiliate on Saturday night, pitching five scoreless innings.”
Technically speaking 98 is not 96, so Stewart could still be right!
Andrew Joseph of Azcentral.com has more background on Toussaint’s couple of appearances in the Braves system, as well as some good backfill from Nick Piecoro from the time of the trade in which Piecoro reported that many others around baseball disagreed with Stewart’s assessment of his own prospect.
There are guys who check stuff these days, Dave. So better to be vague.
LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.
Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.
His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.
The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.
The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.
Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.
He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.