The #Dbacks announce the following roster moves: Selected to 25-man roster: P Archie Bradley C Gerald Laird INF/OF/C Jordan Pacheco— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 5, 2015
#Dbacks option INF Yasmany Tomás to Triple-A Reno.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 5, 2015
#Dbacks have also released OF Cody Ross. The #Dbacks appreciate his time in the Sedona Red and wish him well.— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 5, 2015
So here are the answers to the questions posed earlier today:
- Everyday third-base: Jake Lamb. It looks like the team decided Tomas needed more seasoning down in the minors - whether that will be at third-base or in the outfield remains to be seen.
- Final bullpen spot: Andrew Chafin. Vidal Nuño and Robbie Ray have been re-assigned to Reno, presumably as part of the Aces' rotation, and Enrique Burgos will be with Double-A Mobile. Tony La Russa said they like the versatility, and want Ray to develop as a starter.
- Backup catcher: Gerald Laird. Pacheco will give the team a third option, but that's more likely to be used to allow for pinch-hitting late in games. Laird will presumably get the lion's share of starts when Tuffy is not able to play.
- Bench: Laird, Cliff Pennington, Aaron Hill, Pacheco and Ender Inciarte. A real stunner to see Cody Ross, who still seemed to have a place on the bench, due to his ability to handle left-handed pitching. But it appears the team valued Pacheco above Ross. Money truly is not an object for the 2015 Diamondbacks.
The chart below compares the roster with the one for the 2014 continental Opening Day i.e. discounting the unusual one for the Sydney trip, last season. Players shown in green have the same role as then; those in yellow were on the roster, but had a different job or position; those in red are no longer or were not on the roster.
|Starting C||Miguel Montero||Tuffy Gosewisch|
|Starting 1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Paul Goldschmidt|
|Starting 2B||Aaron Hill||Chris Owings|
|Starting SS||Chris Owings||Nick Ahmed|
|Starting 3B||Martin Prado||Jake Lamb|
|Starting LF||Mark Trumbo||David Peralta|
|Starting CF||A.J. Pollock||A.J. Pollock|
|Starting RF||Gerardo Parra||Mark Trumbo|
|Bench #1||Tuffy Gosewisch||Gerald Laird|
|Bench #2||Cliff Pennington||Cliff Pennington|
|Bench #3||Eric Chavez||Aaron Hill|
|Bench #4||Tony Campana||Ender Inciarte|
|Starting P #1||Wade Miley||Josh Collmenter|
|Starting P #2||Trevor Cahill||Jeremy Hellickson|
|Starting P #3||Brandon McCarthy||Rubby de la Rosa|
|Starting P #4||Bronson Arroyo||Chase Anderson|
|Starting P #5||Randall Delgado||Archie Bradley|
|Closer||Addison Reed||Addison Reed|
|Set-up||Brad Ziegler||Brad Ziegler|
|Set-up||J.J. Putz||Evan Marshall|
|Mid relief||Joe Thatcher||Andrew Chafin
|Mid relief||Will Harris||Daniel Hudson|
|Lefty relief||Oliver Perez||Oliver Perez|
|Long reliever||Josh Collmenter||Randall Delgado|
|25th man||Ryan Rowland Smith||Jordan Pacheco|