Yasmany Tomas to D-backs
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.
The Tomas deal will include an opt-out after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
Tomas, who turned 24 on Nov. 14, left Cuba last summer and trained six days a week for four months until the rules allowed him to begin working out on a baseball field in early September. He eventually starred in a showcase in front of scouts from all 30 Major League team later in the month and held private workouts for the Braves, D-backs, Dodgers, Mariners, Giants, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals in the weeks that followed.
Tomas can play right field for the D-backs or move to left field if Arizona chooses to shift Mark Trumbo from left to right field. He’s a middle of the order hitter that could slot somewhere behind All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the team’s no. 3 hitter.
The D-backs finished with a 64-98 mark last season, the worst record in baseball.
The details of Tomas’ escape from Cuba remain mysterious, but here’s what we know: Tomas left the island in June and landed in Haiti, where he later established residency. He was unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in September and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball a few weeks later.
The son of a fuel truck driver, Tomas is from the La Cuevita San Miguel del Padron section of Havana. He began playing baseball at age 6 with the other neighborhood children in the street, and he often tagged along with his grandfather to watch the hometown Havana Industriales play.
He played five seasons for the Havana Industriales in the Serie Nacional in Cuba, which means he was subjected to the international signing guidelines. Overall, he hit 30 home runs with 104 RBIs in 205 regular-season games for the Industriales, starting in 2008. However, he never played more than 69 games during the Serie Nacional’s 90-game regular season and did not play during the 2010-11 season.