Padres, Braves, others interested in Tomas
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas continues to draw interest from a number of teams. As MLB.com has reported, the Padres were expected to meet with Tomas’ agent on Saturday and the Braves were also going to meet with the slugger this weekend.
It appears a few more teams are in the mix for Tomas.
According to a tweet from Peter Gammons, Tomas has received offers from the Padres, Braves and Giants. Gammons writes that the Phillies, D-backs and Mariners are “lurking” on Tomas as well.
The Braves and Padres are believed to be the favorites to land the 24-year-old slugger, while the Giants seem likely to ramp up their efforts to acquire Tomas if they can’t retain third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that the Braves likely would have to trade outfielder Justin Upton (and his $14.5 million salary) in order to acquire Tomas or lefty Jon Lester, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweeted on Sunday that Atlanta wouldn’t necessarily need to trade Upton or Evan Gattis before signing Tomas, as the market for either player should be strong enough throughout the winter.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez has reported that Tomas is looking for a five- to seven-year deal with an average annual salary near $15 million, or he could opt for a short-term, high-dollar deal that allows him to establish his value quickly before hitting the free agent market.