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Arizona Diamondbacks set roster: Cody Ross released, Yasmany Tomas optioned

Two big moves this evening for the Diamondbacks. Not too big a shock to see Tomas sent down to Reno, but Cody Ross and his $9.5 million due has now also been eaten.

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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.

Position 2014 2015
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