Yasmany Tomas mulling offers
It’s close to decision time for Yasmany Tomas.
Tomas is currently mulling offers from at least the Braves, D-backs, Padres, and Giants, according to industry sources. He’s also considering attending the Winter Meetings next month in San Diego.
It’s unclear when Tomas will make his final choice, but it’s long been believed that the slugger is seeking at least a five- to six-year deal with an annual salary near $15 million. However, last week sources indicated the Tomas camp had not ruled out the possibility of signing a short-term, high-value deal that would allow him to return to the free-agent market sooner rather than later.
This much is certain: Tomas starred in a showcase in front of scouts from all 30 Major League teams in September and held private workouts for the D-backs, Dodgers, Mariners, Giants, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals in the weeks that followed.
We also know the Braves have a need to acquire at least one corner outfielder and have increased their interest in Tomas since dealing Jason Heyward to the Cardinals last week and placing Justin Upton on the trading block.
On Tuesday, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, assistant general manager John Coppolella and top international scout Gordon Blakeley were among the club representatives to watch Tomas train in the Dominican Republic.
Should Tomas choose Arizona, he could play right field for the D-backs or move to left field if Arizona chose to shift Mark Trumbo from left to right field. Tomas could also slot somewhere behind All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the team’s no. 3 hitter, in the batting order, especially if the club decides to trade catcher Miguel Montero.
The Giants, who recently said goodbye to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, have scouted Tomas extensively and there’s a belief the slugger could play third base, in addition to left field, for San Francisco if he signs there. Tomas’ agent, Jay Alou, is the nephew of Felipe Alou, who serves as a special assistant to San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean.
The Padres have an offer on the table for Tomas, and general manager A.J. Preller was recently in the Dominican Republic to meet with the outfielder, but the Padres are not believed to have the highest current bid for his services.
The Phillies had been considered by some the favorite to land Tomas, but a source told MLB.com last week that the club had cooled on him because of his asking price. However, the Phillies remain interested in signing the player.
Tomas, who turned 24 earlier this month, played five seasons for the Havana Industriales and hit 30 home runs with 104 RBIs in 205 regular-season games for the Industriales, starting in 2008. However, he never played in more than 69 games during the Serie Nacional’s 90-game regular seasons and did not play at all during the 2010-11 season.
Tomas left Cuba earlier this year and established residency in Haiti.