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Snake Bytes, 1/19: Tomas in trouble

Yasmany Tomas has some ‘xplaining to do...

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[KTAR[ Yasmany Tomas arrested in Valley - As discussed in last night’s post, Yasmany Tomas was arrested Thursday morning for going more than 100 mph on a Valley freeway, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Tomas was allegedly driving 105 mph on the northbound Loop 101. He was pulled over at 9:26 a.m. near Baseline Road on the border of Tempe and Mesa. He was not impaired. Tomas was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail and the 2015 Mercedes he was driving was impounded.

[Arizona Sports] ESPN: Yasmany Tomas has the Diamondbacks' worst contract - Tomas will likely have another chance to prove his worth in Arizona’s upcoming season due to the likely departure of free agent J.D. Martinez, but he will need to improve his defense. With many of Tomas’ defensive stats being far below average and being projected last season as the fourth-worst defender in MLB, the team could be concerned.

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks rumors: Christian Yelich trade with Marlins possible? - Nick Piecoro said it would be difficult to get him with the competition that might be out there for him. "I saw a quote from the Glue Jays GM saying how 29 teams in baseball are interested in Christian Yelich and it makes a lot of sense," Piecoro said. "It's going to take a lot to get him, he's one of the best young outfielders in baseball." Dieffenbach, azcentral sports' pro sports editor, said that the Diamondbacks should go for it, if they have the chance. "I'd package a bunch of prospects and then try to find some money under a couch cushion to land this guy," he said.

[New York Post] A trade that would fit Derek Jeter’s selfish mission | - The best plan now is to continue to sell and since Jeter didn’t hire much outside help I will suggest a concept: Offer Martin Prado, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler to Arizona for Yasmany Tomas. Tomas is owed $42.5 million over the next three years while Prado, Tazawa and Ziegler are due $44.5 million, but only Prado’s contract goes to 2019... Prado is owed $15 million in 2019, but perhaps Arizona can trade him if it eats some money – the Yankees and Mets, for example, could use him. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks would get future financial flexibility as Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock enter their walk year and – more vitally – Paul Goldschmidt moves toward free agency following the 2019 campaign.

[CBS Detroit] Exploring Trade Market For Castellanos: Who Might Be Interested? - [Nicholas Castellanos] is coming off a career year at the plate and costs an affordable $6.05 million in 2018. He’s arbitration eligible for one year beyond that. There are obvious concerns about his defense, particularly his ability to make the transition from third base to right field, but his bat is impressive enough to make him a commodity on the trade market. Arizona is still trying to retain J.D. Martinez, but they might get priced out of the bidding. If so, Castellanos could be a cheaper fallback option.

[Yahoo] Old Baseball Cards: Torey Lovullo eats gum from a pack of 1987 Topps - Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo already won the NL manager of the year award last November, now he wins the Old Baseball Cards award for iron stomach. On this week’s episode of our weekly baseball nostalgia series, Lovullo goes where no person has gone before on our show: HE ATE THE GUM. As we opened a pack of 1987 Topps, Lovullo asked to eat the 30-year-gum and you can hear the crack of it when it hits his teeth.

And, elsewhere...

This would be a possible topic for Fanpost Friday. Firstly, you should go and read Jeff Passan’s very good, and detailed article, which starts with the current gridlock for free agents, but then moves to discuss the situation of baseball as a whole.

[Yahoo] Here's why baseball's economic system might be broken - The free-agent impasse represents a reckoning long in the making – one that marries shifting power in labor relations, the emergence of analytics and cookie-cutter front offices, and the willingness of teams to treat competitiveness as an option, not a priority. Combined, they pose the greatest threat to a quarter century of labor peace and have people at the highest level of the sport asking whether a game-changing overhaul in how baseball operates isn’t just necessary but inevitable.

I’m curious to hear what people think. Is there a “problem” at all, first of all? To me, it feels like most front-offices have now realized the folly of giving nine-digit contracts to players on the wrong side of the aging curve. That’s a market correction, not an indication of anything being broken. Sure, the value of baseball franchises have sky-rocketed of late: but how much of that is due to players being “better” than they were five years ago? I know I’d get nowhere if I went to my boss and demanded a raise, purely on the basis of the stock price having gone up.

Now, it is true that the way the system is currently built, young players produce more than they get paid for, while old ones are paid more than they produce. Leveling that out might make some sense. But how can that be done? One suggestion I’ve heard is to reduce the length of team control. But I think that would play merry hell with any semblance of competitive balance, and tilt the playing field even more towards the richer franchises than it already is. Poorer teams would have their prospects for less time before they they go to the highest bidder. I’m not convinced that wouldn’t make the situation worse than the current one.

So, suggestions and discussion are welcome, either as a Fanpost or as a comment below...

[AP] MLB players reject pitch clock, mound limits, daring baseball to impose changes - The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a telephone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

[MLB.com] The Life of Bartolo Colon: A True or False Quiz - Big Sexy. Barty Bart. Cytolo.Whatever nickname you prefer for baseball's elder statesman, we can all hopefully agree that Bartolo Colon is a legend. He's played 20 big league seasons -- spanning 10 teams, three decades and four different U.S. presidents. He's one of two '90s players left (Adrian Beltre is the other) and is the last remaining Expo. So, we ask you, impassioned Bartolo Colon fan, how well do you know your favorite 44-year-old? Test your knowledge with our True and False Quiz.