Tomas update: Braves, D-backs, Padres, Giants still in pursuit
Though MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have shown an increased interest in Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas in the wake of trading away Jason Heyward, a number of other teams still remain very much in the mix.
The Braves got their most recent look at Tomas during a Tuesday workout in the Dominican Republic, a session attended by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, assistant general manager John Coppolella and top international scout Gordon Blakeley. With Heyward now in St. Louis and the Braves still listening to trade offers for Justin Upton, Atlanta’s need for a corner outfielder is more than apparent.
The Padres, meanwhile, have had an offer on the table for Tomas for some time now, though it’s not believed to be the highest one the 24-year-old Cuban has received. That said, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted on Wednesday that Tomas is considering both short- and long-term deals at this time, something that could ultimately bode well for the Padres.
The Giants are still expected to ramp up their pursuit of Tomas after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox this week and the D-backs are also believed to have a legitimate interest. Rosenthal adds that a mystery team swooping in and signing Tomas can’t be ruled out in these situations.
Though it remains unclear right now where exactly Tomas will end up, it’s certainly a fluid situation worth monitoring on a daily basis.
— Paul Casella