According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, yesterday the Padres became the latest team to hold a private workout with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.
Per his agent, Tomas was officially declared a free agent by MLB on Thursday and is now free to sign with any team. An open workout in the Dominican Republic last month attracted upwards of 200 scouts, but he has reportedly had private workouts with the Rangers and Phillies since. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Giants and Mets are among the other teams to watch.
Known for his plus-power from the right side of the plate, the 23-year-old Tomas is solidly-built at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds and is projected to play right field in the majors. Rusney Castillo secured the richest deal ever for a Cuban player when he signed a seven-year, $72.5 million with the Red Sox in August, but Tomas is expected to top that when he signs.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.