Diamondbacks Place 2-Time Gold Glover On Waivers After 10 Seasons With Team

After a decade-long stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks, veteran shortstop Nick Ahmed has been designated for assignment.

Throughout his tenure, Ahmed made a name for himself as one of the game's premier defensive shortstops, earning consecutive Gold Glove awards in 2018-19.

However, despite his defensive excellence, his offensive contributions were limited, with a lackluster .560 OPS across 210 plate appearances this season.

The Diamondbacks had high hopes for Ahmed when they signed him to a $32.5 million contract in 2020, but his offensive numbers declined, and injuries marred his later seasons with the team.

Over his 10-year career, the 33-year-old holds a .234/.288/.376 triple-slash line, with 70 home runs, 322 RBIs, 41 stolen bases, and 344 runs scored across 888 games played, all with the Diamondbacks.

Now, as the Diamondbacks promote top infield prospect Jordan Lawlar, Ahmed's time in Arizona comes to an end. The organization's commitment to Lawlar's development and readiness for the big leagues led to Ahmed's removal from the roster.

Ahmed's departure signifies a changing of the guard for the Diamondbacks as they turn their attention to the promising young talent in Lawlar.

If Ahmed doesn't get claimed off waivers, it seems unlikely that he will make a return to the big leagues, and he will likely explore new opportunities in the offseason. Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports