The Braves have joined the group of teams pursuing free-agent Yasmany Tomas, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports. Tomas, an outfielder renowned for his power, left Cuba this summer seeking an opportunity to join a Major League team. The Braves recently traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Atlanta is set to watch Tomas in the near future, the report says.
Heyman writes that while the San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies are believed to be aggressively pursuing Tomas, recent talks suggest a "mystery team" could be in the running for the 23-year-old.
Philadelphia has reportedly "cooled" on the idea of signing Tomas.
A previous report said that Tomas could wait until the MLB winter meetings -- which run from Dec. 8-11 -- to sign with a team. According to Heyman, Tomas is targeting a contract larger than the six-year, $72 million deal the Red Sox reached with fellow Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo this summer.