Tomas was released from his minor-league deal Saturday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Tomas joined the Nationals as a non-roster invitee back in November but went on to hit just .233/.281/.233 in 20 spring games. He'll look to latch on elsewhere but will likely be stuck with another minor-league contract, as he's appeared in just four major-league games in the last three seasons.
Tomas signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. The 30-year-old has appeared in just four total MLB games over the last three seasons. None of them came in 2020, as he was left out of the Diamondbacks' 60-man player pool. His career .266/.306/.459 slash line in 309 games at the highest level translates to a nearly average 97 wRC+, so there's at least a chance he makes it as a bench bat.
Tomas is not part of the Diamondbacks' 60-man player pool, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Tomas was considered to be in the mix for at-bats as the designated hitter for Arizona, but he was left off the pool because of his similarities with fellow slugger Kevin Cron, who is part of the pool, per Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen. The decision means the 30-year-old Tomas, who is in the final year of a six-year, $68.5 million deal, will enter free agency without a chance to increase his marketability through his play on the field.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo mentioned Tomas as a candidate to receive at-bats as a designated hitter in 2020 if MLB adopts a universal DH for both leagues, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Tomas, who is set to begin a second straight season off the 40-man roster, could be helpful to the Diamondbacks in an abbreviated season. He brings 309 games of MLB experience, including a brief stint for Arizona in 2019, and the Diamondbacks would not have to find a home for him defensively. Along with Tomas, Lovullo mentioned Jake Lamb and Kevin Cron as the most likely beneficiaries of available DH at-bats.
Tomas was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Sunday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Tomas was optioned to Reno on Thursday after spending a week in the majors and now finds himself cast off the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old has a .305/.341/.603 slash line with 29 homers in 98 game at Triple-A.