Source: Tomas to sign with D-backs

The D-backs have reportedly reached a six-year, $68.5 million deal with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The deal is believed to have opt-out and is pending a physical, sources said.

The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

The Tomas sweepstakes had heated up in recent days with the Braves, Giants, Padres and D-backs all believed to have offers on the table.

Atlanta had sent personnel, including manager Fredi Gonzalez, to watch Tomas train in the Dominican Republic as recently as Tuesday. The Giants, meanwhile, were expected to ramp up their pursuit of Tomas with Pablo Sandoval departing for Boston and the Padres had reportedly had their offer on the table to Tomas for quite some time.

Instead, Tomas, who turned 24 earlier this month, ultimately chose to sign with the D-backs.

With Tomas becoming the latest free agent to come off the board, trade talks could heat up over the next couple weeks heading into December’s Winter Meetings. Now that an already thin free-agent class has lost Sandoval, Tomas and Hanley Ramirez, teams still hoping to upgrade offensively — such as the Padres and Mariners, among many others — could begin to pursue potential trade targets more seriously.

— Paul Casella

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