ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS SIGN YASMANY TOMAS

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In somewhat of a surprise move the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Yasmany Tomas. The 24-year-old Cuban free agent was rumored to likely go to Philadelphia initially before Atlanta and San Diego were labeled the favorites. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanches the Diamondbacks and Tomas agreed on a six year deal worth $68.5 million which includes an opt out after four years.

Yasmany Tomas, Getty Images
Yasmany Tomas, Getty Images

Tomas hit .290 and slugged .504 over the past five seasons for the Havana Industriales in the Serie Nacional in Cuba. He totaled 30 home runs and 104 RBIs in 205 games. Tomas’ agent, Jay Alou, believes the young Cuban has“way more” power than AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu. That’s a pretty bold claim but the slugger should enjoy hitting at Arizona’s Chase Field.

Compared to other recent contracts signed recently by Cuban stars, Tomas should feel pretty good about his deal. Abreu signed a similar contract with the White Sox for $68 million over six years. Rusney Castillo earned a $72.5 million, seven-year deal from the Red Sox. Yasiel Puig is set to earn $42 million for seven years in Los Angeles.

Because he has five years of professional experience and is older than 23, Tomas is not subject to international bonus pool limits which makes him a more traditional free agent.

The Diamondbacks will likely play Tomas in one of the corner outfield spots and he is certain to land in the middle of their lineup.

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