With the new emphasis on defense, what happens to Yasmany Tomas? — Bob S., Oro Valley, Ariz.
I really don’t see Tomas’ role changing much from last year. Ideally, the D-backs would be able to move him to an American League team, where he could serve as a designated hitter. That would both help the outfield defense as well as give Arizona more payroll flexibility. However, there are a lot of sluggers on the market this offseason, which makes it harder to trade him.
Tomas’ contract is also not ideal, given that he has a player option after 2018. Tomas is set to make $6 million next year and then $10 million; he can then choose to become a free agent or exercise a two-year player option that would pay him $15.5 million in ’19 and $17 million in ’20.
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Do you think it makes more sense for the D-backs to extend Paul Goldschmidt or trade him for a large return of prospects? — Daniel, Glendale, Ariz.
Neither at this point. I think the D-backs hang onto to Goldschmidt for now and see if they are able to compete for a postseason spot with this core of players. There …