According to multiple sources, Cuban defect Yasmani Tomas worked out for the Red Sox Academy in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. This might not have ‘just happened’ because of the recent acquisitions of Rusney Castillo and Yoenis Cespedes; maybe the player and his agent were just in the neighborhood of the Red Sox facility and needed press to look at how he has been training since the World Baseball Classic.
Tomas was pretty solid in the WBC last year. In just six games played, he hit a robust .375 with two homers and five runs driven in. All three ranked in the top-5 for the Cuban national team.
The outfielder has shown some raw power and has been looking to sign a long-term deal this off season with any major league club that is looking for some help. The Philadelphia Phillies are supposedly the front runner for the 23-year-old.
If the Red Sox were to sign Tomas to a contract, it would be the second ever Cuban player the Red Sox have signed and only the second foreign baseball talent since the Daisuke Matsuzaka debacle.
Plus, the Red Sox could use this signing to see if the Miami Marlins would bite on a deal to send Giancarlo Stanton to the American League. The Marlins probably can’t afford the slugger for what the market will pay him, but the Red Sox have a ton of money to spend. If the Red Sox can sign Tomas to an affordable deal and can package him or maybe Castillo in a package deal for Stanton, then wouldn’t that be something?