This guy came in and was one of the most polished college pitchers I’ve seen in a long, long time,” Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield said. He jumped right into the 60-man camp and dominated — flat-out dominated — there from Day 1, and he continued to do the same thing at instructional league. He’s got a lot of people really excited.
Tony La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old La Russa rejoins the franchise where his managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split.
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined options for the 2021 season for right-handed pitchers Mike Leake, Hector Rondón and Junior Guerra. Leake and Rondón become eligible for free agency, and Guerra for salary arbitration in February. The 32-year-old Leake went 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 10 starts for the D-backs in 2019 after being traded from the Mariners.