Ahmed went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Ahmed is batting .318 (7-for-22) this spring, a good sign after the shortstop fell to .234 in 2018. He played 153 games last season, but the recent acquisition of Adam Jones could put a crimp in his playing time this year. Manager Torey Lovullo plans to get Ketel Marte into lineup nearly every day and will rotate him between center field, second base and shortstop to accommodate Jones.
Ahmed agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Ahmed's batting averaged decreased to .234 in 2018, although he belted a career-high 16 homers and drove in 70 runs in 153 ballgames. Whether he'll be able to maintain this kind of power over two straight seasons will be something to keep an eye on as the 2019 campaign unfolds.
Ahmed is not starting Saturday against the Padres. Ahmed has gone just 3-for-33 in his last 10 games. Ketel Marte will start at shortstop in his absence.
Ahmed is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers. Ahmed will get what looks to be a routine day off following a string of 15 consecutive starts during which he hit just .140/.214/.200. Ketel Marte will slide over to cover shortstop in his stead, allowing Daniel Descalso to pick up a start at the keystone.
Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a run in a 4-2 triumph over the Astros on Friday. Ahmed has showed some solid gap power of late with five doubles over his last nine games, but he hasn't left the yard since he hit two home runs Aug. 4 against the Giants. That extended home-run drought has made it tough for fantasy owners in shallower settings to justify holding onto the shortstop, who doesn't offer standout production in any of the other four main rotisserie categories either.
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