Diamondbacks: Evaluating The Tony La Russa Era

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Jun 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The addition of Yasmany Tomas is beginning to look even more brilliant every day. A Cuban outfielder who was known for incredible power attracted the attention of all of baseball but it was the Diamondbacks who came away winners, signing Tomas to a 6-year deal worth $68.5 million dollars. Since being called up in April, Tomas has proceeded to hit .318 with 4 HR and 31 RBI. While his power numbers have been slower in developing, his defensive efforts have been outstanding and far above what was expected of him. All around one of La Russa’s best off season moves to date.

Let’s also not forget Stewart and La Russa resign Daniel Hudson during the winter. It was to a simple 1-year $800,000 thousand dollar deal and it made sense as Hudson was coming off his second Tommy John Surgery. It’s also turning into a steal as the former starter has thrown 35 innings, accumulating a 3.60 ERA, one save and seven holds. His speed has returned and rumors are swirling as to whether he can eventually return to the starting rotation or maybe even turn into a stopgap closer.

Lastly the acquisition of Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez has gone under the radar. The Diamondbacks payed a $8.25 million dollar signing bonus for Lopez. He was in consideration for a starting rotation spot in Spring Training but eventually lost out and was optioned to Double-A Mobile. In his seven games (six were starts) he has a 3.34 ERA and 24 K’s and racked up 35 innings of work. There’s no doubt in my mind he will be a September call up.

Well, that dog’ll hunt. Tony La Russa knows baseball and more importantly has helped change the culture and performance of this young Diamondbacks roster. They are ever so close. Let’s hope he can push them over the edge. If you read this far, you are a real pro. Shoutout to you.