Despite a solid spring performance, the Diamondbacks optioned Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A Reno, the club announced on Sunday. In Cactus League play, Tomas compiled a .293/.370/.439 triple-slash line with six doubles in 46 plate appearances.
Tomas, 27, was pushed out of a starting role in the outfield when the D-Backs acquired Steven Souza from the Rays last month. With Souza in left, David Peralta has right field and A.J. Pollock will handle center field.
Last season, Tomas hit a subpar .241/.294/.464 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 180 PA while playing below average defense. Tomas is owed $10 million for this season and has player options for the 2019 and ’20 seasons worth $15.5 and $17 million, respectively.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.