"In order to move the contract, Touki had to become a part of it. For what we're trying to do, the money is definitely important. We've said we're going to try to do what we can to promote our young pitching, but also have some savings so we can have the opportunity to do things at a later date."
- Dave Stewart
Toussaint is ranked as the organization's fifth-best prospect according to Baseball America and was the D-backs' first round pick in last year's MLB draft. In seven starts with Class A Kane County, Toussaint has posted a 3.69 ERA, but had reportedly been battling command issues.
Ziegler did, however, join the company of some of the greatest closers of all-time with his 500th appearance on Friday night. Among pitchers with at least that many career outings, Ziegler's 2.49 ERA ranks eighth
Hale does not anticipate Tomas needing any time on the disabled list. Tomas punted questions on how long he expects to be out to the team's trainers, who are unavailable to the media by Major League Baseball rules, but did say he had a similar injury when he was in the Dominican Republic after defecting, and it wasn't serious.
Major League Baseball says it has canceled more than 60 million votes for next month’s All-Star Game, citing a fear of improper voting.