The Arizona Diamondbacks were not linked with Yasmany Tomas until very recently. Apparently Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart close deals fast, however. From Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The Tomas deal will include an opt-out after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
It was believed by some that his contract would surpass Rusney Castillo‘s seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox for the richest-ever for a Cuban player, but this falls just short. Likely because of the opt-out provision. Before the Dbacks were in the hunt, it was rumored that the Braves, Padres and Giants were all interested.
Tomas just turned 24. He is said to have plus-power and will likely play a corner outfield position. At the moment, it would appear that left field is his destination.
You may have seen the pictures of the bleachers at Wrigley Field being torn down for an offseason rebuild. They’re neat! But will they be rebuilt in time for Opening Day?
CSNChicago.com says the reconstruction has been delayed by a snag in getting a new water main built. Which, personally, I’m shocked a civic project in Chicago met with an inefficiency.
Oh well. It’s way prettier at Wrigley in June and July anyway.
From the “well, that’s neat I guess but I suppose it doesn’t really matter” file:
The Yankees spent the last five years or so dealing with an old shortstop who couldn’t play defense anymore, so I guess an old shortstop who’s still pretty darn good is an improvement. Still, probably not what the Yankees want unless it’s close to free for them.
Weeks after Oscar Tavares’ death comes news of another tragedy. From Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com:
Ronald Guzman, the Rangers’ 17th-ranked prospect, was involved in a fatal car crash early Tuesday morning in his hometown of La Vega, Dominican Republic, the Associated Press reported. According to police, Guzman was driving a Ford Explorer that collided with a motorcycle, killing 27-year-old motorcyclist Eleazar Garcia. The Dominican Republic National Police has filed a report and Guzman could learn Wednesday if charges will be filed.
Guzman spent last season in Class A Hickory where he hit .218 with six homers and 63 RBIs in 118 games.