Yasmany Tomas signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks back in December 2014. There’s still $42 million left on the deal. The Diamondbacks don’t care. They’re all but done with him: last night they placed him on outright waivers.
Maybe not totally done with him, as this move merely takes him off the 40-man roster. But in the extraordinarily likelihood that no one claims him and his large contract, he’ll not be occupying anything but the Dbacks’ financial ledger and there’ll be no pressure to play him. He was already optioned to Reno and now it looks like he’ll be there for the long haul. Or until Arizona releases him.
Tomas lost his starting role in the outfield when the D-Backs acquired Steven Souza from the Rays. He was no more a part of their plans when Souza went down to injury toward the end of spring training despite hitting pretty well in Cactus League play. Last season, Tomas hit a mere .241/.294/.464 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 180 plate appearances. while playing below average defense.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.