Tomas was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Monday.
As expected, no team wanted to claim Tomas, who has three years and $46 million left on his contract. Tomas could face a scenario close to that of fellow countryman Rusney Castillo, who flamed out at the major-league level but was paid far too much for another team to take a chance on him. Castillo was outrighted in mid-2016 and hasn't been close to returning to the big leagues since. Tomas is likely to suffer a similar fate, as his combination of terrible defense (-15.9 runs per 150 games according to UZR) and mediocre hitting (98 wRC+) isn't enough to earn him a major-league job.
Tomas was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Tomas failed to make the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster this season despite Steven Souza opening the year on the disabled list with a pectoral injury. It wasn't a good sign for Tomas' future with Arizona, and he'll now almost certainly clear waivers and be removed from the 40-man roster; it's unlikely that another team will pick up the remaining three years and $46 million left on his contract. The 27-year-old owns a 98 career wRC+ and a very poor defensive reputation, making it hard for a team to justify keeping him on their roster let alone paying him over $15 million a year.
Tomas was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
Tomas -- who posted an 89 wRC+ in his injury-plagued 2017 season -- put together a solid spring (.293 average and .370 OBP) but will open the upcoming season in the minor leagues. It was thought that Tomas would have a good shot at making the Opening Day roster following outfielder Steven Souza's pectoral injury, but the Diamondbacks have opted to fill his role with other in-house options. Tomas will likely make his way back to the big leagues at some point during the upcoming season, but his redraft value obviously takes a massive hit with this news.
Tomas could play more than previously expected to begin 2018 with Steven Souza (pectoral) likely out until mid-May.
Tomas has been putting together a strong spring at the plate, batting .316/.395/.474 with a 5:11 BB:K. The problem is that he's a huge negative in the outfield. With that in mind, it will likely be Jarrod Dyson who benefits the most -- Dyson will presumably start against right-handed pitching with Tomas getting the nod against lefties. Even a short-side platoon role is a major upgrade for Tomas from what was a bleak outlook for opportunities in Arizona.
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.
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