Good News: Arizona Diamondbacks Confirm Another Perfect Addition Of Top Prospect To Squad

Key Diamondback Nears Return, Forcing Tough Decision for Arizona


The Arizona Diamondbacks are preparing for a significant roster decision as shortstop Geraldo Perdomo nears his return from injury. Six players from the team’s 2024 Opening Day roster are currently on the injured list, but this number will soon decrease. Perdomo, who suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee less than a week into the season against the Yankees, has been making progress in his rehabilitation. After undergoing successful surgery, he played two games in the Arizona Complex League and is now in Triple-A Reno for the final stage of his rehab. Manager Torey Lovullo has not specified Perdomo’s exact return date.


Perdomo’s return is highly anticipated following his N.L. All-Star season, but it poses a dilemma for the Diamondbacks regarding who will be removed from the 26-man roster. Potential candidates include Blaze Alexander, Kevin Newman, Pavin Smith, and Eugenio Suarez.

Candidates for Roster Moves


Eugenio Suarez

Upgrading third base was a priority for GM Mike Hazen last offseason. The Diamondbacks acquired Suarez from the Mariners, but his performance has been disappointing, with a slash line of .198/.262/.320 and a 66 wRC+. Despite his $11 million contract, the team might designate him for assignment, following Hazen’s precedent of cutting expensive players, as he did with pitcher Madison Bumgarner last season.

Pavin Smith

Smith has been one of the team’s most improved hitters, with a 130 wRC+ this season. However, his playing time has been limited due to strong performances from Jake McCarthy and Randal Grichuk in right field, and Joc Pederson excelling as the DH. Smith, who has a minor-league option left, could be sent to Triple-A Reno, especially with outfield depth set to increase when Alek Thomas returns from injury.

Kevin Newman

Signed to a minor-league deal, Newman earned a roster spot after an impressive spring training. He initially struggled but has improved recently, slashing .333/.370/.472 since May 10. Despite his recent success, much of it is attributed to a high BABIP, suggesting luck played a role. Newman’s performance may not be sustainable, making him a potential candidate to be replaced.

Blaze Alexander

Alexander, a promising young player, has shown potential in his brief major-league stint with above-average power, speed, and arm strength. However, his offensive game has some weaknesses, particularly in plate discipline and producing quality contact against right-handed pitching. He might benefit from further development in the minors.

### The Decision Ahead
As Perdomo nears his return, the Diamondbacks must decide which player to move off the roster. Each candidate presents unique considerations, balancing current performance, potential, and the team’s future needs.

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