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.