It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks for the Diamondbacks front-office, and for us fans as well. It has been widely reported that the team has until August 31 to decide whether or not to pick up the 2017 options on the services of General Manager Dave Stewart and Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, De Jon Watson. Additionally, the contract of Chief Baseball Officer, Tony La Russa, will run out at the end of the year. With the team occupying last place in the NL West, after an extremely disappointing 2016, this could offer the perfect opportunity, if ownership decided they want to go in a different direction.
On that basis, every word coming out of the front office is being scrutinized particularly hard with regard to meaning. On that basis, here are the three parts of an interview between Kate Longworth of Fox Sports Arizona and La Russa, in which he discusses various aspects of the campaign: how expectations turned into disappointment, what to expect from the team the rest of the way and into the 2017 season, and the Shelby Miller situation [about which La Russa seems to be very carefully picking his words...]