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Monday, March 23, 2015

Are D’backs in denial about $68.5M phenom or are harsh scouts wrong? | New York Post

In MLB if you are smarter than everybody else, you get a chance to prove it. Or not.

But — unprovoked — both Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart begin conversations by saying the D’backs will be better than critics are claiming, citing positional and starting depth and a credo to play hard and fundamentally well.

So is the chorus wrong, or are Arizona officials delusional about the roster in general and Tomas — who they still say can play third in the majors — in specific?

Stewart says because he is in his first year on the job, “I am looking at everything at arm’s length and not falling in love with the players just because they are our players.”

Nevertheless, Tomas represents the first huge outlay of the LaRussa/Stewart regime — the $68.5 million the second most given any Cuban import. The 24-year-old was mainly an outfielder in his homeland and there was strong sport-wide dubiety when Arizona said it would try to make him a third baseman. The doubt has only magnified with games, as scouts say Tomas lacks soft hands and he is too bulky to handle the position.

“Bobby Bonilla was the third baseman on a championship team and he was big,” Stewart said. “I already think [Tomas] is an average third baseman and he is such a hard worker that I think he can be better than average.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien, tony la russa, yasmany tomas

Monday, March 16, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks: Wait until next year? Or maybe year after? | FOX Sports

You don’t have to be a sabermetrician to know this is going to be a bad team in 2015.They have a catcher who isn’t much of a catcher. A third baseman who can’t really play third base. Their starting pitching looks to be bad, really, really bad. But don’t worry, they are smarter than everyone else.

For now, let’s just say that the D-backs will be, um, fascinating? I can’t go so far as to say they will be good, not when righties Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson are miscast as the team’s Nos. 1 and 2 starters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony la russa

 

 

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