On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves were meeting with Jon Lester, but they were also connected to another baseball player that day. They are connected to a player who they think they have a shot at signing. According to Jon Heyman from CBSSports.com, the Braves have emerged as a “dark horse” in the signing of Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas.
The Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants have been reported as the most likely teams to sign the outfielder who can also play third base. There are probably six total teams who are very serious about the Cuban superstar.
The Braves are looking to fill a void in their outfield after trading away Jason Heyward. There have also been trade talks including outfielders Justin Upton and Evan Gattis who has just become an outfielder. Tomas makes perfect sense for a team like the Braves.
However, the 24-year-old is looking to beat Rusney Castillos‘ record of $72.5 million when he signed with the Boston Red Sox. That is the largest contract of any Cuban born player in the MLB.
Tomas may wait to sign with a team until the Winter Meetings. It was reported that he has a visa and could talk with teams at the league event that starts on December 8, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Tomas slashed .290/.346/.450 with only six long balls in 65 games in his final season in Cuba. However, many expect him to break out in the MLB and show off his power.