Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas will fly to the United States on Friday to meet with his agent, and could sign with a major-league team as soon as this weekend, according to Jorge Arangure of Vice Sports.
The 24-year-old outfielder has held showcases for MLB teams over the last few weeks. The San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals are the teams that have the most interest. However, many teams will most likely be in the running to sign the powerful outfielder.
Tomas played for Cuba national team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He defected from Cuba in 2014 to play Major League Baseball.
“I think his average suffers because of the path of the swing and because of his discipline – the swing and miss, the chasing out of the zone,” said one scout. “But he’s going to run into his power enough to give you 25 home runs. You’re probably looking at .260 and 25-30 home runs.”
Tomas hit just .290/.346/.450 with six home runs over 65 games in his final season in Cuba, but the 6-foot-1, 230-pound outfielder projects to show plus power at the major-league level.