3:40pm: MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes hears that three of the four teams set to meet with Tomas would have been seen as “very unlikely” suitors, suggesting they’re of the dark horse variety (Twitter link). Meanwhile, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets that the Padres are no longer seen as a fit for Tomas.
Hall of Fame reporter Peter Gammons hears that Giants special assistant Felipe Alou is pushing the team to sign Tomas as a third baseman (Twitter link). Gammons also hears that the Phillies would likely have to clear some money in order to add Tomas.
Additionally, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that Oakland has scouted and discussed Tomas, though they wouldn’t be involved at the rumored $100MM price tag. She speculates that if Tomas were open to a shorter-term deal that allowed him to hit free agency faster, Oakland would be in play.
3:26pm: Alou is still expected to meet with four MLB GMs in the Dominican in the next two days, he tells Arangure (Twitter link).
2:05pm: Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas is scheduled to fly to the United States tomorrow to meet with his agent, Jay Alou Jr., Jorge Arangure of Vice Sports reports on Twitter. A deal appears imminent, per Arangure, and could come as soon as this weekend.
Tomas, 24 tomorrow, has drawn significant interest around the league from clubs intrigued by the possibility of fielding his power bat through his prime years, a rare opportunity in the current market. There have been varying reports as to Tomas’s timeline for signing, with some suggesting that he is moving quickly with a small group of frontrunners and others indicating that a wide-open battle for his services is just beginning.
Argangure’s report does not give any indication of the team with which Tomas could be nearing a deal. Needless to say, Tomas ’s ultimate destination will have an important bearing on the rest of the free agent market.
No team needs him more than the Padres
Phillies might need him just to keep the fan base from raiding CBP.
Padres need him to get a fan base
They’d also have to win a bidding war with an offer of more than the $2MM it took to land the best Korean FA. Not saying it’s impossible – it’s just not likely.
LOL Padres need a fan base to get him.
Phillies dug themselves a deep hole that is going to take years to get out of
I honestly hope he ends up in a smaller market like San Diego, kind of annoying when the big markets have such a monopoly on international signings (or at least the most lucrative ones).
Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Abreu and Aroldis Chapman would beg to differ. But yeah, hope SD gets him.
Ummm Chicago is a small market now?
No, but they’re obviously not the only franchise in town either. They just don’t have the same draw or marketability as the Cubs. Cubs were 11th in average attendance, 32,742/gm. White Sox 28th, 20,896/gm. Kinda hard to compete with that.
Yeah their attendance was poor but they are still the 11th highest valued team in the 3rd largest media market.
The White Sox are a small market team.
the Hell they are, sorry…
Padres’ ownership haven’t shown any interests in shelling out even half of the figures Tomas would demand, I just don’t see it happening. Although if miracles of miracles happens and he does sign with San Diego, I definitely would be coming out to Petco a lot more.
Come on Royals….
It is very appropriate that you have Bo Jackson as your avi. If they land Tomas, he is very much the Jackson of this World Series team. I really hope he picks the Royals since he will likely get his 4 year deal and still be able to hit FA again at 28 in his prime.
4yr deal? How about you add 2-3 yrs.
IF he trust his skill , I would accept 4 yrs so He can hit MArket and get a better contracts
I agree, but taking that next step to the bigs is very challenging. I think he’ll go the safe route.
Maybe a 6 year contract, but 5-6 are player’s option.
Smartest move I think so.
Everything I have been reading says that he would much rather take a 4 year deal so that he can cash in a second time at 28, his prime years.
Reports that I have read have him at 100M. The only way he gets there is if he signs for more than 4 years.
7 years, $110MM ish. FA again at 31.
jk, I know that’s not happening.
Come to the Mariners!
Want a ring? Come to SF !
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He’ll have to wait till 2016. Odd years aren’t your thing.
Yup. First year to acclimate. Second year parade.
Hopefully a similar trend occurs for the Sox with worst to first. Fingers crossed!
Let’s see what the Sox do to reload first…
I honestly see similarities to 2013 offensively. If they sign Sandoval, great if not Headley on a shorter deal would do. I expect improvements from Bogaerts, a healthy Victorino, full season of Cespedes if they keep him, full season of Betts. What I’m worried about is the rotation but I expect them to address that this offseason whether via trade or free agency. If they do take the FA route I really hope its Lester and not Shields. Id have no issue with Lester on a 5 year deal.
Be careful of putting too much hope in Bogaerts, but I really think Betts has Superstar Potential.
Bogaerts will have a lot to prove this upcoming season but hes still 22. He may end up taking the Jackie Bradley route to the majors if he struggles early next season but I still think he can be a solid SS. The Sox also have Marrero in the wings who is often compared to the top SS prospects in baseball. So the future at SS doesn’t really worry me.
Bogaerts has already played in the majors, there’s no “route to the majors” for him. Marrero is compared to the top SS prospects defensively, not overall. How about we wait to see what the Opening Day roster looks like before we hope they win it all? It’s evident there are improvements to be made.
All of this coming from a fellow Red Sox fan.
I meant as in if he struggles in the first quarter or so of next season he will end up in the minors again like JBJ. Marrero also has upside on offense according to scouts. Well yeah we can wait but speculation is what this site is about 😀
Please. Half the year spent at a position he struggles at, a little over a year of MLB experience total. He is 22, we can’t expect Mike Trouts from everybody. Nomar was one of the most gifted shortstops the Sox have ever had and was 22/23 when he came up. I am a Sox fan and in general am disappointed by Boston sports fans’ expectations – give him some time.
How are you drawing these conclusions from my comments? I never mentioned anything negative about Bogaerts. All I said is he is already in the MLB. I never mentioned struggles, expectations, age, or experience. Please don’t take my posts out of context or draw conclusions from things I clearly didn’t say.
Glad to hear the Yankees and rest of the league are now out on Headley. I don’t think the Sox will acquire Headley, even if they pursue him. Having the lineup you mention still lacks adequate power for the Red Sox standards – you named three potential leadoff hitters. You also can’t have a full season of Victorino and Betts, considering Holt and Castillo need to play as well. One of Betts and Victorino need to be benched (Victorino is the 4th OF unless dealt).
Holt is not an everyday player, so I’m not sure why they need room for him. He is more of a super-sub. Still no room for Victorino though either way. That is unless they trade someone like Cespedes.
As a super-sub, Holt’s in the lineup more often than not, just at different positions. Still means he’s taking away a game from someone else.
I think they move an outfielder for a starter eventually. Craig also doesn’t really have a position. Betts is going to be in the lineup if he is not traded and so is Victorino. Cespedes will be traded in my opinion.
Betts isn’t going anywhere unless it’s for Stanton. He’s as close to untouchable as it gets for the Red Sox. Craig needs to prove he can still play in the MLB before I worry about him, and I agree on Cespedes being gone. Maybe to the Reds for a #2 SP? At least fills needs for both teams.
I personally don’t believe in untouchable since he is their greatest trade asset because Cespedes is only signed for the upcoming season.
The Cardinals have money and a position open. Hmm…
Along with half of the league. Hmm…
So you’re telling me there’s a chance! Yes!
Phillies need this guy.
Phillies need more than just this guy.
Its a start towards the future. Sign him, dump Howard, trade Hamels, Byrd and Papelbon and let Franco, Asche and Ruf get everyday ABs
Other teams need to want to take on the players and contracts of the guys you want to dump. At the asking prices the Phillies have been demanding, good luck.
We need him to excite the fan base who is still pretty annoyed how badly the Phils played last season. I agree with Matt. Dump Howard and trade Hamels for some studs…and trade as many of the vets as possible. We need the youth the take over. Time to turn the page.
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For the sake of my FA prediction contest, I’m going with the Phillies.
and for the sake my FA prediction contest, I agree.
And I didn’t enter because I stink at it so I’ll say Padres!
Lets go Springfield Isotopes!
im feeling the padres, the chance to be “the man” in san diego plus the money makes it a match imo
Welcome to the Oakland A’s. The new Cespedes has arrived. The A’s watched him yesterday and he can sign a better deal with less years and play for a team that will compete.
Where are the A’s gonna get that money from? If Oakland doesn’t have money to pay Lowrie or even make a Q.O to help rebuild the farm how will they get Tomas.
The A’s not extending Lowrie a QO had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with financial constraints. He’s a poor defensive SS that fell back to earth on the offensive side of the ball in 14′. If he would be willing to go something like 3/30 and play 2b, I’m sure the A’s would be in on him. If not, I guarantee you they’re just fine and content letting him walk. As far as Tomas is concerned, Susan Slusser just reported a couple days ago that the A’s are very much interested and have seen him a lot over the past 18 months. Furthermore, Asst GM David Forst said in an interview recently that the A’s will be pushing their payroll to or above the $100mm mark for 2015. Nobody will ever mistake the A’s as a financial juggernaut, but this mis-conception that they’re one of the cheapest teams in baseball is a tired bit.
The A’s do have money they are very profitable. They didn’t match Lowrie because he is not worth $15.3 million a year. The A’s still may bring him back as a 2b option but his SS range is below average. The A’s have no long term deals so future payroll is small. The FA market is very weak this year so signing a potential big bat is well worth the price. Just remember nobody thought they would sign Cespedes and came in a close second to Adonis.
They’re so profitable, in fact, that they’ve been begging MLB to let them move for years, and only haven’t because the Giants don’t want them eating into their own market share.
Just what the A’s need. Another overrated player who is so popular with the fan base that it’s a huge deal when you trade him.
Overrated he may be, but I know that the A’s absolutely tanked after they traded him for Lester. It’s a miracle they managed to even get into the Wild Card game. Value can’t just be measured in raw numbers
Actually, the A’s offense was in the toilet for weeks before they traded Cespedes. Because they didn’t have very good offensive players. And Cespedes was only their 6th or 7th most productive player (depending on the metric used) prior to his being traded.
What about clubhouse value? How much clubhouse value can you put on a guy who was being asked to play CF and refusing to do it. Especially after two years earlier he whined for about 3 weeks when being moved off of CF?
Lets not forget the whole lineup was injured. Crisp, Vogt, Lowrie, Norris, and Moss should have been on the DL. Cespedes was valuable because he brought protection through out the lineup. Now if Lester did what he was brought in to do and win the WC nobody would be complaining about the trade.
I’m just going by what happened. The A’s were 66-41–25 games over .500–before the trade on July 31st. They went 22-33 the rest of the way and lost 12 games in the standings. That’s a putrid finish to the season. Cespedes might have not been the A’s best offensive player, but he clearly was a presence in that order. The A’s took a risk in breaking that up to acquire Lester and it backfired big time.
Yes, Cespedes was a presence in the lineup. The 6th or 7th best presence. I’m not saying the offense wasn’t better with him than without him — clearly, he was replaced by even worse players. I’m just saying that the A’s offense would have been awful for the rest of the season with or without Yo. His WAR for the Red Sox was 0.7. So, realistically, they gave up at most 1 win by trading him. Lester, on the other hand, was worth 1.9 WAR. How did the trade cause them to lose more games, again? They wouldn’t have even been in the wild card game if they didn’t make that move. Their offense would have been nearly as bad and their pitching would have been a good bit worse.
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lets not act like Cespedes leaving wasn’t a huge factor possibly the biggest factor in us tanking though. Regardless, adding a player like Thomas would be GREAT but it certainly does not help the middle infield problem…. maybe it would make Reddick/Gentry expendable
I won’t pretend like that wasn’t true. It wasn’t true, so I don’t have to pretend. The A’s had a sub-mediocre offense that overachieved the first half+ of the season. Yo wasn’t even a huge contributor to that. Eventually, they “regressed to their mean,” as is the popular way of describing “got hot, then sucked like we’d expect.”
Tomas may well be better than Yo. I’m just saying that if he’s the “new Cespedes” as liberalconservative suggested, then he’s not going to be a huge help.
There is talk of the A’s using Parino as their everyday SS even though he can’t hit. So signing Tomas could be the A’s saying go with defense at SS and bring another hitter into the mix.
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Some caved and gave him huge money with exact number of years he & the agent wanted. I bet it’s only a six-year deal, which will position him for a huge payday again around age 30. … Maybe 6/100 to the Phillies?
I think he just want 4, So he can be 28 prime years
Ahh, sounds like the good old Mystery Team is back. It’s the only way you can know for sure that we’re in the full swing of the off-season.
Come on White Sox. I’m bound to get a free agent prediction right eventually.
this guy wants 100 million why would we sign him.
Because he’s the power bat to pair with Abreu. And you’re not that far away from contending for a playoff spot. Do you not want to sign good players?
i bet its the philles that sign him
White Sox already got the better cheaper version, Abreu. I dont see them spending twice as much on player who is considered inferior.
If that was all it took they probably would have won more than 73 games last season.
The White Sox need to make more additions to contend I just dont think it will involve a 100MM dollar contract.
They have the money for it. And it’s not like it’s a one year deal. If they don’t contend next season, they will the year after. Providing they don’t make any horrible mistakes in the meantime, and they continue to add pieces.
The White Sox would rather spend 100 million on a player like Tomas than a player like Pablo Sandoval I bet you.
You’re probably right, but the White Sox have a good third baseman already. The Red Sox don’t.
They dont seem to have any issue looking for upgrades at that position though(referring to the White Sox). Being able to move Conor via trade or position wise may be interesting.
this guy might be Dayán Viciedo 2.0 i dont want that
Or he might be as advertised. Cuban players are typically more hits than misses. He may be closer to Puig and Abreu too.
I predicted that too, so Im with ya. I wanna get at least one of these dang things right
Quick, someone get the tail number of that plane!
Its obviously the Reds. Chapman and Iglesas already on board.
No other MLB team has Caribbean players.
Not that many teams have multiple cuban players.
Red Sox and White Sox also have two off the top of my head. Guess it’s a three team race now…
WSox have Alexei, Abreu, Viciedo straight from Cuba. Nieto and Rodon are also of Cuban descent.
Then they must sign Tomas over the Reds, according to schellis’ logic.
Do a little more investigating and you’ll see that not that many teams have multiple cuban players. Doesn’t mean that I agree with the premise of Tomas signing with a team due to the cuban presence on the team.
Padres have 3: Grandal, Despaigne and Alonso (for now)
You are forgetting their catcher, Brayan Pena as well.
I wasn’t aware that Pena was Cuban born. Seriously though having multiple teammates that have had similar challenges getting to the majors could be a factor for some.
Yeah, he and Chapman were close this past year. I would be absolutely shocked if the Reds made a play here if the price tag is 100mm+ but Jocketty has gone on record saying it’s all in or all out this year. I doubt they rebuild the year they have the All Star game.
I would be shocked as well, I think a Latos deal for a LF is far more likely. I also don’t know if I would be comfortable with the Reds putting that much money into a relatively unproven player as well.
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Any fans with opinions on Tomas that have actually seen him play, please explain what you liked or did not like about him that warrants (or does not warrant) a contract for upwards of $50M dollars.
$50m? Try $100m+.
If he wants a 4 year deal it won’t be for 100mil. 4yr/60 mil
I watched him in the WBC last year. He isn’t the greatest outfielder I’ve ever seen, but his pop is crazy. Could be +30 homers a year. Hes not a guy you want playing CF, but he can play an okay LF and he can hit.
Sounds like Justin Upton.
are sure hes not Dayán Viciedo
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the Astros could be a top contender.
For last place…
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lol. they have lots of money. a good core of youth players and a top minor league system not to mention a large city that is super diverse.
What does the last part have to do with anything? You could say that about every city a major league ball club is in
Ummm, no, you can’t say that about every MLB team. Every team has a good core of young players, and a top minor league system? Not quite. I’m not sure where the Astros stand on Tomas, but “I’m me” isn’t at all off-base with what he said about that team. Great minor league system and financial flexibility. They’ll be a contender in the AL West within a couple years.
Uhh he was talking about the city as a whole Captain…reread
Huh? He mentioned one thing about the city being “large and diverse”…everything else was regarding the team itself, not the city of Houston. I’m referring to his entire argument, not just his reference to the city of Houston. K “captain”? Thanks
You were replying to me correct(That’s what is says on the message)? I was reffering to this “not to mention a large city that is super diverse”. If not then that’s my fault
Oh ok. I thought you were talking about his 2nd comment as a whole, not just the last bit of that last sentence. I see what you mean.
No worries man. Happens to all of us.
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Houston is better than most cites do to job opps etc…and if you had to choose to play in San Diego or Cleveland ….what would the last part have to do with anything?
What does a San Diego or Cleveland debate have to do with Houston?
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Houston or Philly?
Anchorage or Miami?
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money is the same? Miami. Esp if I’m Cuban
My joke clearly didn’t hit home and I’m still not seeing your point. Most large cities are diverse…
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i got it. just having a conversation to have it. thanks for the response.
For the #1 pick of the 2016 draft.
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they will keep stacking talent … they barely missed out on Abreu last Winter. -id rather play in SD over houston…maybe Tomas signs with the Padres.
I guess we can rule at the small market teams, so that would include the Mets.
The M’s? Though nothing has come up on the whole Saunders deal, so they may not be the team.
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Padres. Phillies. Astros.
it’s gotta be the phillies
Its gotta be the Expos
The honest fan reactions to this signing:
If he signs with your favorite team: He will be the next best thing, great signing!
If he signs with any other team: He will be a total bust, how could anyone spend 100 million on a player who has never played in the MLB!
I agree, but how about this from a Padre fan, “I would rather Preller spend 50M on Moncada and suffer restrictions in the next two international signing periods than spend 100M on Tomas”. The only thing I see Tomas brining to the Padres is power and to be honest you do not need it to win. From what I have read, Moncada’s skill set screams Petco Park.
If padres get this guy .. I think they’ll have a chance to compete .. Their pitching is great and also their bullpen . A power bat is all they need .
Good luck, Preller 🙂
Rockies… Would be fun at least.
Also got to replace the soon to be departing Cargo.
I dont think Rockies weakness is hitting
I have a sneeking suspicion the Cardinals are a wild card team that no one thinks, or wants to go after Tomas. However, with the sad passing of Oscar, and really the unknowns in the outfield that are forthcoming (Holiday and Jay through free agency, how can Randall Grinchuk perform as a ML starting outfielder, etc). Plus they can pay a player like Tomas and not be bitten by poor performance, etc. Do they need him the most at the moment? No, but the whole situation within their orgainzation just shows you cannot take good, young players for granted.
I could see this, wouldn’t suprise me at all. The situation with Taveras was unfortunate and extremely sad, but at some point that organization needed to discuss what to do with the hole his absence left. I want my A’s to sign him, but I think you could be onto something.
Question is can you see the Cardinals, a fiscally responsible team, spending $15M+ per season for a complete question mark? The comparisons on Tomas aren’t as high as Puig or Cespedes, and some have been pretty poor at that. The Cardinals usually like to promote from within, which even with the Tavares situation, they’d probably opt for a one or two year bridge player until they can find and develop their next RF.
If it’s the Padres I’ll cry for the next three months. Tears of joy obviously
I’m guessing you’ll cry even more if they don’t get him?
With the newer international free agent slot system, how would Tomas’ contract affect a team’s payroll? Does everything, including signing bonus, go against as AAV. Or is any of it not count towards the payroll like the old-Japanese posting system?
And if he only wants a 4 yr contract, isn’t he still under team control for a total of 6 yrs? Or is he viewed as an actual free agent?
Thanks in advance.
Due to his time spend playing in Cuba Tomas is an unrestricted free agent. His contract will be treated in the exact same way as any other free agent with MLB experience.
Boss move would be the Giants signing Tomas and resigning Sandoval in the same week….that offense would be awesome.
come on Phils, no more mystery team. get it done, mates.
Not even an inkling of who it might be? Oooh…a guaranteed mystery team!
If the Phillies sign Tomas, I wonder who gets traded? I mean, that’s going to be another big contract on their books. Philly fans, any local trade rumblings about clearing payroll?
Byrd or Brown would likely get traded this off season if tomas signs with the phils.
I heard Byrd might go because he’s a good trade chip and Brown might go because he’s not panning out…I was thinking more along the lines of Hamels, Lee or Pap.
Lee’s injury prevents any trade involving him from happening, Amaro’s price tag for Hamels is too expensive. Papelbon also has a high salary.
Tough to trade them.
heard that too. I wouldnt mind to see a whole new outfield for the 2015 season
I think just about the entire roster is on the block at this point. The Phillies need to rebuild.
Doubt it’s the Padres if they’re planning on trading pitchers. My guess is Phils, both NY teams, or Cards
It will be a disaster if the Phillies don’t get this guy, he is their only shot at being respectable.
Best not to pin high hopes on Cuban unknowns. Not every player can be Jose Abreu…sometimes they’re Dayan Viciedo.
Or if they do get this guy and he does not live up to the hype.
I would rather still take a chance on him
I don’t think they’re one player away from respectability. This would be a pretty foolish move as the first step in a rebuild.
so now its down to four, a whole lot different then what they said earlier
Montreal Expos, Flint Tropics, “Mystery Team”, and the LA Lakers.
haha im all for the lakers
I wonder how LeBron feels abour this?
heard the media just showed up at his house, stay tuned
Mariners have their nice new shiny complex in the DR. Make it happen Jack!
You think Tomas is going to care about that shiny new complex?
In a different country, too. He’s from Cuba; why does a facility in the DR matter?
No, but that is where his agent is meeting 4 GMs. If he cares about winning along with money then Seattle is a better choice than the Phillies and SD
You want to pay a man with no mlb experience. 100 mill?
Yes…that’s what scouting is for
If this guy is 60% of what he is supposed to be he is better than everything Seattle put out there at DH and RF last year
well depending on how u look at it tanaka had no mlb experience and he was possibly on pace to win the cy young until he got injured
Phils,,Padres,Mariners and mystery team. Seriously though I hope Phils sign him.
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I am betting Oakland is one of the dark-horse teams, just as they were with Cespedes
well it says that the giants want him as a third baseman……which means no sandoval?
Red Sox did come out saying he was their “top priority.”
Along with Lester / their #1 rotation spot being their “top priority”. Good old PR moves.
Don’t think Cardinals would sign him to a contract as big as he’s asking, but they are probably checking him out quite a bit.
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So the Giants want to take a guy who’s apparently not a great outfielder and put him in the hot corner? Good luck. Usually bad infielders go to the outfield, not the other way around.
Not if the defensive skill they lack is speed. You need good reactions but not necessarily good speed to play 3B
I’m guessing the expected team still in the running is the Phillies and the dark horses are the Twins, Red Sox and Oakland. I realize the Red Sox don’t need him in the OF but maybe they believe he provides better value than Sandoval going forward. Besides they definitely have money to burn this offseason.
How would the Red Sox be considered a “very unlikely” suitor?
Because of their logjam in the OF. They already have Cespedes, Castillo, Betts, Victorino, Bradley Jr, Craig and Nava on their current roster. Even if they play him at 3B they are on record stating they want to add a left handed bat to the lineup while Tomas bats right.
Eh, that logjam leaves next year with both Cespedes, Victorino and Napoli’s (Craig to first base) contracts expiring. That and the likelihood that they move Cespedes some time this season. They could sign him this year, stash him at third base and then move him to left next year. Not ideal as I’d rather have a lefty, but very doable.
Also the only private workout the supposedly scheduled was more based on convenience since he was training at their facility and considered due diligence rather than actual serious interest. But maybe they saw enough in that workout to warrant signing him to a long term deal.
Yes. The Red Sox want to have 36 Outfielders.
They missed their chance to get value for JBJ when the very similar (with less hype of course) Gose was traded to the Tigers for their top prospect.
Gose and JBJ were actually both highly rated prospects in their respective organizations. Although looking at their triple slashes in the minors Gose .259/.334/.381, and JBJ .290/.394/.456, coupled with superior defense it’s not hard to see where the so called hype came from. I see no reason for the Red Sox to be desperate to move him at the absolute lowest point of his value. Not when he still has options.
Did you happen to check Gose’s MLB numbers? Why look at minor league numbers when the both have 100+ games of major league experience?
Almost a 40 point higher in batting average and a higher UZR/150 in 2014 (23.0 v. 22.6).
Gose appears to be just as good of a defender with a serviceable bat.
Because minor league numbers are typically what scouts look at when evaluating players who have yet to play in the major leagues. Your issue was the hype for JBJ and lacktherof for Gose. I was explaining that. I didn’t say that JBJ was better than Gose, only that his play in the minors was why he was a highly rated prospect. And that they were both rated similarly when they were in the minors. Gose has more of a speed tool though. Bradley has more natural ability to judge the ball off the bat. And no, I find extrapolating a 50 game sample size to UZR 150 doesn’t typically work out. Particularly when his 202 game career extrapolates to a 5.8 UZR 150.
what player would the phillies need to get rid of to afford him like the post suggests?
but no one would dare take him with that contract unless the phillies throw in a nice prospect
The Phillies definitely don’t have any prospect good enough to convince a team to take on Howard’s contract. Im not sure any team does.
Cole Hamels. He is the only on of their big money players that can be traded without eating a significant portion of the contract.
How about the White Sox? They have a definite need for a big bat and have shown a willingness to spend on international players like Jose Abreu (which has worked out really well). They appear to have a fair amount of money to spend this offseason and they have a serious needs for the positions he can play.
100 million i doubt we spend that much on tomas hes not even as good as abreu.
The problem with that statement is that you have no way of knowing how good he is until you actually see him play.
he wont be better then abreu and we never went down there see his workout.
How do you know he won’t be better than Abreu? Yes, Abreu set the bar really high but Tomas never even played an inning in the MLB yet.
i heard somewhere he wont be as good as abreu i wouldnt sign him too 100 million we got more needs then that.
If the Phillies were to sign him, and it creates a financial pinch, this could open the doors for a Hamels trade. It could provide interested teams a little leverage knowing that the Phillies could be over their desired budget.
“Darkhorse” teams. I like the sound of that. Maybe a team that just
came into some unexpected windfall money from an unexpected World Series
Let the chicago bears sign him they’re a winning team right?
Cardinals, Phillies, Astros, and Indians because why not
I would have to throw the Royals in the mix with as many Dominican Republic and Venezuelan players that they have on their roster.having some veteran presence that has come over from the Dominican Republic or Venezuela to play in the United States would help ease the transition for him. So one of the dark horses teams you would think would have to be the Royals which I am hoping.
While I’m sure having more Latin players would help in the transition to the States, I can’t imagine it being a factor unless the Royals are extremely competitive with their contract offer.
I’d like to see the Padres sign him. Just because it’d be nice to finally see them get something big done, not that i have a stake in this outside being a mets fan and us not signing him. Keeps hiw away from the Phillies.
Giants 9 years 195 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Finn Jr
the name “Alou” is very popular in this article. One is his agent and the other works for the Giants. I bet he ends up there.
Are they related? Or is Alou like “Smith” down there?
John Finn Jr
That’s what I am wondering
Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
Yes they are related.
Just did some digging and ya, turns out Jay Jr. is Felipe’s grandson? Not sure how much that helps the Giants, but hopefully doesn’t hurt!
I don’t think the Cubs are in on him, but with Theo preaching power is getting harder to find, here is a 24 year old with power and it will only take money to get him. I like the idea of him in Left for the Cubs
Tri city dust devils to sign yasmany tomas
Heard a source saying a deal with the Twins is imminent.
Don’t rule out the personal aspect people. Padres have a huge Latin American presence on they’re roster and Tomas would definitely feel comfortable here. Wouldn’t even need a translator. Unlike Philly.
Stuff like that definitely matters.