I have a pretty good feeling who the 25 are going to be, but I'm telling you those last two, three, four spots aren't easy right now."
- Chip Hale
The Diamondbacks are going all-out with their youth movement. A day after trading Trevor Cahill to open a rotation spot for top prospect Archie Bradley, manager Chip Hale announced Friday the team will start Chris Owings at second base and Nick Ahmed at shortstop, thus relegating veteran Aaron Hill to a bench job.
If D-backs GM Dave Stewart was able to find a trade partner for Hill, it's likely the team would have to chip in some cash toward Hill's contract. He has two years and $24 million remaining on a three-year, $35 million deal signed prior to the 2013 season.
The most high-profile decision remaining is what to do with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas. The team agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal with him in November, but Tomas has had to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. It's not clear he has done so. Hale acknowledged Tomas has been "outplayed" defensively at third base by rookie Jake Lamb, and while Tomas (.273 average, .763 OPS) swung the bat better later in camp, Lamb (.355, 1.035) has out-hit him, as well.
With the trade of Trevor Cahill to the Atlanta Braves, a spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks' starting rotation opened up. It's been filled. The top prospect will finally get his shot.