Tomas has gone 11-for-33 with a 9:4 K:BB over 13 Cactus League appearances.
Tomas' strong showing at the plate this spring likely won't be enough to earn him regular at-bats once Opening Day arrives, as the 26-year-old is now the club's fifth outfielder following the offseason acquisitions of Steven Souza and Jarrod Dyson. Because Tomas doesn't offer any defensive value, it will likely be difficult for him to earn much more than the occasional pinch-hitting appearance or spot start while he remains in Arizona. With that in mind, the Diamondbacks could be looking into trading Tomas to an American League team in need of an upgrade at designated hitter. With Tomas due $10 million in 2018 and his contract containing player options worth a combined $32.5 million over the next two seasons, it's unlikely the Diamondbacks would be able to fetch anything of value in any potential deal.
Tomas (groin) is starting in left field and batting fifth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Brewers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Tomas had a rough offseason this year, undergoing groin surgery in December and receiving a citation for reckless driving and criminal speeding in January. The power-hitting outfielder will look to put all that behind him as he grabs his first start of spring training Sunday. Following the acquisition of Steven Souza from Tampa Bay, Tomas probably will open the year as a reserve outfielder for the Diamondbacks. He's a relatively unattractive fantasy option in most 2018 drafts unless he finds himself in a more favorable situation for playing time.
Tomas was limited to just 47 games a season ago due to a pair of core-muscle surgeries, with the latter procedure shutting him down for good in late August. Even though he's now back to full strength, Tomas isn't guaranteed to open the season as Arizona's starting left fielder, with his defensive limitations and poor on-base skills prompting Luvollo to open up the competition at the position. Fortunately for Tomas, one of his top challengers to the starting role, Chris Owings (finger), is expected to be limited at the start of the spring, but the Cuban import will still need to perform well in Cactus League games and workouts in order to come away with the starting gig. Even with a strong spring, the possibility remains that Tomas will open the season on the bench while the Diamondbacks continue to pursue re-signing free agent J.D. Martinez.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo suggested Wednesday that Tomas (groin) has been given no assurances that he'll open the season as the Diamondbacks' starting left fielder, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Tomas currently tops the depth chart in left field, but it's no secret that the Diamondbacks have interest in re-signing free agent J.D. Martinez, who continues to negotiate with the team. Even if Martinez heads elsewhere, the Diamondbacks could explore other corner-outfield options via trade and/or free agency, or look to the versatile Chris Owings to push Tomas for a starting gig. In addition to the Diamondbacks' lack of commitment, Tomas' outlook is further dimmed by his checkered health history -- he missed about two thirds of the 2017 campaign with a core-muscle injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery in August -- and the new installation of a humidor at Chase Field, which is expected to suppress home-run production at the stadium relative to previous years.
Tomas (groin) was arrested and charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding Thursday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Tomas was cited Thursday morning while allegedly driving 105 mph in the Phoenix area. Though he could potentially face up to 30 days of jail time or receive a court-issued fine, it's unlikely that Tomas will receive a suspension from the MLB.
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