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The Diamondbacks place Yasmany Tomas on outright waivers

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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.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.