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.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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