Confirming a report from Ben Badler of Baseball America, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com writes that the Phillies had a private workout with Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas in the Dominican Republic today.
Tomas, a 23-year-old corner outfielder, defected from Cuba in June and was recently cleared for employment by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets and Control. Nearly 200 scouts from MLB teams were on hand for an open showcase on Sunday, but look for a bunch of private workouts in the coming days. Badler hears that the Rangers are up next while Salisbury writes that he is also expected to work out for the Giants, Marlins, Padres and Tigers.
Rusney Castillo landed the richest deal ever for a Cuban player when he signed a seven-year, $72.5 million with the Red Sox last month, but he probably won’t hold that distinction for long. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe recently reported that Tomas could command as much as $100 million.
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.