Yasmany Tomas: officially a Diamondback
We had footage of his signing earlier, but the front-office also talked about him at a press conference in San Diego this afternoon.
"The game starts with talent. This young man's got very special talent." -Tony La Russa, on Yasmany Tomas pic.twitter.com/0qpRAg65zt— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 9, 2014
If Yasmany Tomas opts out after the fourth year, Dbacks will be able to make him a qualifying offer, a source said.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 8, 2014
#Dbacks designate RHP Zeke Spruill for assignment to make room on 40-man roster for Tomas.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) December 8, 2014
Dave Stewart and DeJon Watson love Tomas' character. Saw and heard from coaches that he is a good teammate, competitor— Jody Jackson (@Jody_Jackson) December 8, 2014
Miggy-style Dodger Dogs?
Tony La Russa said ownership did not block a Montero/Ethier deal with the Dodgers from happening, contrary to a published report.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 9, 2014
La Russa said ownership has not deemed Montero untouchable and he said deals with the Dodgers can still happen.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 9, 2014
Could a Montero/Dodgers deal still happen? "The conversations are not what they were before. I think it’s less likely," La Russa said.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 9, 2014
Bits and pieces
Reports indicate Dave Stewart's stated aversion to trading Mark Trumbo may be not as definitive as his statements would appear:
Source: Mark Trumbo definitely in play with Diamondbacks. There was talk of a three-way deal with him that fell through. Still available.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2014
#Dbacks expect LHP Patrick Corbin to return in June, Hale said.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) December 9, 2014
#Dbacks Hale: 2B/SS Owings may not be ready for start of spring training after left shoulder surgery, but should be 100 % for opening day.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) December 9, 2014
Chip Hale on the MLB Network