The news, which was first reported by Jon Heyman of the FanRag Sports, was confirmed by the Diamondbacks earlier today:
Here’s the official statement that was released by the Diamondbacks to the public:
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they will not renew the contract of Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart while the team has also parted ways with Manager Chip Hale. The announcement was made by Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick and President & CEO Derrick Hall, who will immediately begin the search for a new General Manager.
Stewart was originally hired to be the D-Backs’ general manager in September 2014, and in his tenure, the Diamondbacks have made some successful moves, and of course with every other general manager in baseball, some questionable moves.
Let’s start with the successful ones. While Isan Diaz was voted the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, the player the Diamondbacks received in return for him was Jean Segura. Segura had his best MLB season to date with a .319 batting average and 200 hits.
Another successful move for Stewart and his camp was the decision to trade for Robbie Ray in a three-team trade that sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees. Ray has posted a collective 2.4 wins above replacement since becoming a Diamondback.
The decision to sign Cuban prospect Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million deal has yielded mixed results. While he slashed .272/.313/.508 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs in 2016, Tomas’ defense is considered spotty. His offensive WAR was 1.2, but his collective WAR pegs him at -0.4.
Another signing that has caused mixed reactions to this point is the decision to unload the bank on former Cy Young Award Winner Zack Greinke. Greinke received a six-year, $206 million from Arizona this winter, and his ERA jumped to 4.37 in 26 starts after posting a 1.66 ERA in 32 starts with the Dodgers in 2015.
Perhaps the often criticized Shelby Miller trade will be what Stewart’s legacy in Arizona may end up being. Stewart and the Diamondbacks elected to trade 2015 number one overall pick Dansby Swanson, Ender Incirate, Aaron Blair, and Gabe Speier for Miller, who let’s just say, hasn’t lived up to the package of players given up for him so far.
You of course have to look at the decision by Stewart and La Russa to hire manager Chip Hale. He was hand-picked by Stewart and La Russa, and he posted an unimpressive 148-176 mark in his only two seasons as manager of the Diamondbacks.
There are plenty of pieces for the Diamondbacks to be successful in 2017, but we also have to see what the new general manager and manager will have planned for the team for the foreseeable future.
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