The Arizona Diamondbacks’ “Hall of Infamy” welcomes a new member with outfielder Yasmany Tomas’ recent demotion to Triple-A.

Ahead of the 2015 season, Tomas signed a 6-year/$68.5 million backloaded deal to come straight to the Diamondbacks from Cuba. Tomas was a proven player in Cuba. But his MLB deal, even then, seemed a little steep and a gamble for a player who hadn’t faced major league-caliber pitching.

Now, Tomas isn’t even going to be on the 2018 Opening Day roster as a backup outfielder. Even with Steven Souza Jr.’s recent injury that will sideline him for a few weeks. Arizona’s management believes in guys like Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings to play all over the outfield at the start of the season more than one of their highest-paid players.

It’s a shame for Tomas because he was a player who came to the U.S. with lofty expectations and hasn’t been able to live up to them.

The highlight of his career thus far was his 2016 campaign when he hit .272 with 31 home runs in 140 games. Since then, he’s battled injuries and been passed on the depth chart by a handful of players.

That’s not to say he doesn’t have the potential or abilities to turn his career around. However, he’s certainly not trending in the right direction if he’s looking to do that. Tomas’ window to establish himself as a starting outfielder on the Diamondbacks’ roster may have already closed, as well.

A.J. Pollock and David Peralta have two spots locked up, and Souza will round out the starting trio when he returns from his injury.

Strong play from Tomas could get his name back in the conversation, but it’s presumably going to take quite a lot for manager Torey Lovullo to consistently pencil in Tomas over one of the three aforementioned players.

What makes Tomas’ situation even more disheartening is that it appears Arizona doesn’t need him anymore. If he’d lived up to his potential, he could’ve been a Souza-type who wouldn’t hit for a high average but could hit home runs at a fairly good clip.

However, with Souza on the roster and Tomas underperforming, Tomas is essentially a black hole on the 40-man roster. Plus, he’s sucking millions of dollars from a Diamondbacks team that could better allocate those resources.

The previous front office responsible for signing Tomas is the same group – headed by Dave Stewart – that traded Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte for Shelby Miller among other poor deals. Not a great track record.

At 27 years old, Tomas still has time to reestablish himself as a competent MLB player and go on to have a decent career.

As it stands now, though, his time to do so in Arizona might be over.

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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.
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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.

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