The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal.
The deal, which is pending a physical, reportedly includes an opt-out after four years. Tomas, 24, has been a prized free agent since leaving Cuba in the summer. According to multiple reports, he was hoping to beat the Cuban contract record set by Rusney Castillo, who signed with the Boston Red Sox in September.
Tomas participated in a September showcase in front of scouts from all 30 Major League teams. He also held private workouts with 10 teams, including the D-Backs, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, who are all teams previously reported to have interest in him.
Tomas can play either corner outfield spot, depending on whether Arizona wants to shuffle around its current alignment. Mark Trumbo, who the D-Backs acquired in a trade last offseason with the Los Angeles Angels, played 41 games in left field last season and could reportedly move to right field.
Tomas played five seasons for the Havana Industriales in Cuba's Serie Nacional, hitting 30 home runs with 104 RBI in 205 regular-season games. Serie Nacional plays 90-game regular seasons, though Tomas never played more than 69 games in a season. He also missed the 2010-11 season.
- Mike Fiammetta