Phillies have “legitimate interest” in Yasmani Tomas

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com shares the inside info …

A huge turnout of scouts from nearly every team in baseball is expected in the Dominican Republic on Sunday for the unveiling of the latest Cuban defector, slugging outfielder Yasmani Tomas.

You can bet the Phillies will be at the workout.  They are in need of a middle-of-the-order bat and outfield help. Sources say the Phillies have legitimate interest in Tomas, a 23-year-old corner outfielder with big power.

Tomas defected from Cuba in June and was cleared by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control last week to seek employment in this country. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe heard from an international scout on Sunday that the bidding could top $100 million. Cafardo also expects the Phillies will “go hard on him” despite the lofty price tag.

Castillo batted .301/.333/.580 with 16 home runs across 69 games as a 20-year-old in Cuba’s Serie Nacional back in 2011 and was a standout for Cuba’s national team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.