Signed by the former D-backs regime led by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart, Tomas began his tenure with Arizona playing third base. He debuted a month into the 2015 season after beginning his career in the United States with Reno and hit .273/.305/.401 with nine homers and 48 RBIs as a rookie.
“There’s a lot of toughness there,” Lovullo said. “It started to get a little bit wobbly there in his last inning and one of their best hitters comes up to the plate, and he strikes him out to finish his outing. Those are the things that I look for, those little signs that tell me that somebody’s fundamentally ready to perform.”
“At this point, I would probably say no,” D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall told 98.7 FM’s Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf about the prospect of a significant trade happening.
But there’s also this: Front offices are increasingly wary of making a big mistake for what might just be a minor upgrade or a small chance at merely winning a wild card. Basically, they don’t want to make a trade that ends up on a list like this one -- the worst deadline trade for all 30 teams.
We say good bye to a long time Snakepit nemesis
The game, which began at 7:05 p.m. local time on Thursday, lasted six hours and 19 minutes. When it finally ended, it did so on a historic note. With the Orioles out of pitchers, manager Brandon Hyde called on position player Stevie Wilkerson to pitch the 16th inning.
The 27-year-old outfielder answered the call by tossing — or lobbing even — a 1-2-3 inning, which included retiring future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols for the final out.