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SnakeBytes 1/24: Getting Closer

While the offseason moves might be coming to an end, baseball season continues to approach!

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"He's a very, very smart young man. He's really taking in the information that's being given to him and applying it immediately. We do think he's going to be able to play the position. We don't expect it will be an easy transition for him. But what we are seeing at this moment is promising."

- Dave Stewart on Yasmany Tomas

Daily D'backs

Stewart: Diamondbacks out of Shields pursuit - Fox Sports Arizona

The Diamondbacks' pursuit of free agent right-hander James Shields has reached an end. The seven-year, $210 million contract free agent Max Scherzer signed with Washington earlier in the week had a lot to do with it.

Tomas impressing D-backs in third-base workouts -

Yasmany Tomas has only been working out for a few days at the D-backs' Spring Training facility, but already the team likes what it has seen from him at third base.

Top pitching prospects highlight Diamondbacks' non-roster invitees -

Bradley, Shipley and Blair, who were together in the Double-A Mobile rotation at the end of last season, all rank among the organization's top 10 prospects. Bradley is coming off a down year in which he battled elbow problems, but he still regarded by some as the club's No. 1 prospect.

Around Baseball

Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ernie Banks dies at 83 -

Known for his fun-loving, positive attitude, "Mr. Cub" broke into the major leagues for the Cubs in 1953. Over the course of a 19-year career, all of which came with the Cubs, Banks would hit .274/.330/.500 with 407 doubles, 512 homers and 1,636 RBI. He also racked up 2,583 hits and 1,305 runs. You will truly be missed.