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.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.