Earlier this month, the Diamondbacks were mulling over the idea of moving Yasmany Tomas from right field to left field. Manager Chip Hale has officially made the flip, per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral. David Peralta will move from left field to right.
The Diamondbacks signed Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract out of Cuba in December 2014. He proved too defensively poor at the hot corner, so the club moved him to the outfield, but he continued to struggle with the glove. Both the stats — which, in one-season samples, should be taken with a grain of salt — and scouts agreed that he wasn’t exactly nimble out there. But left field is a bit less demanding than right field, so the Diamondbacks may be able to extract some more value by making the switch.
In his rookie season last year, Tomas hit .273/.305/.401 with nine home runs and 48 RBI over 426 plate appearances. The much-improved Diamondbacks now have designs on reaching the post-season, so the 25-year-old will have to hit more and improve defensively to help his team get to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.