Market for Tomas continues to develop without clear front-runner

The D-backs became the most recent team to evaluate Cuban prospect Yasmany Tomas, holding a private workout on Monday. The intriguing aspect of this one was that the D-backs worked out Tomas at third base, according to a tweet by his agent Jay Alou Jr., instead of Tomas’ projected corner outfield position.

It’s an interesting development in the market for Tomas, a 24-year-old who has garnered interest from a number of teams. Among the teams that have either expressed direct interest in Tomas or are simply in the market for an outfielder are the Cubs, Mets, Tigers, Dodgers, Rangers, Giants, Red Sox, Padres and Phillies.

The Red Sox held a private workout for Tomas this past weekend, while the Padres have already worked him out twice. As for the some of the other clubs on the list, the Phillies just recently had $12.5 million freed up when A.J. Burnett declined his player option and the Cubs certainly seemed poised to make some noise in free agency after signing manager Joe Maddon to a five-year, $25 million deal.

At this point, there does not appear to be a clear front-runner in the Tomas sweepstakes, though the market for him certainly seems to be a competitive one. That will only make Tomas’ potential contract even richer in the long-run, something that could start to weed out potential suitors.

Tomas is reportedly seeking a deal in the $100 million range, which certainly seems feasible given the amount of teams interested and the overall lack of high-end free agent outfielders. It also doesn’t hurt that teams won’t need to surrender a draft pick in order to sign Tomas.

— Paul Casella

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