Phillies Showing Interest in Cuban Yasmani Tomas
Yasmani Tomas is the latest Cuban defector to have major league baseball scouts salavating at his potential.
Close to 200 scouts from around the league, including the Phillies, were down in the Dominican Republic as Tomas held a workout on Sunday. According to a source close to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, The Phillies held a private workout session with Tomas in the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Yasmani Tomas is a 24 year old, power-hitting, corner outfielder, who could fill a major void in this Phillies line-up. At 6-foot-1, 230-pounds, Tomas has raw power and is said to have decent speed in the field, despite his size.
The real question is, will the Phillies be willing to spend the type of money Tomas could command? Some speculate that the price tag could fall between $70 - $100 million. If the Phillies do have serious interest in Tomas, they may find themselves in a bidding war as Tomas has drawn interest from a lot of teams around the league.
Who knows if Tomas is the next Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes, but it's nice to see the organization exploring some options, in an attempt to fill a positional void that has plagued them the last few seasons. A young, right-handed, power-hitting, corner outfielder.