Couple of updates here on the developing market for Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas, who was declared eligible for free agency late last week by MLB …
Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Padres held a second private workout with Tomas on Wednesday in the Dominican Republic. The first was last Friday. Both of these workouts were attended by new Padres GM A.J. Preller, who also scouted the 23-year-old corner outfielder at his open showcase on September 20. That means Preller has seen Tomas three different times in about three weeks.
Tomas is thought to be seeking more than $100 million and the Padres don’t often spend big, but perhaps team ownership has opened up the purse strings a bit for Preller. San Diego is in desperate need of a long-term power bat, and Tomas probably fits that mold better than anyone on the market this winter.
George A. King III of the New York Post, meanwhile, is hearing that the Yankees do not plan to seriously pursue Tomas. They’re committed to a starting outfield of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran, and the designated hitter spot should be filled next season by Alex Rodriguez.
Tomas has done other private workouts in the Dominican with the Rangers and Phillies.
Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.
Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. Among qualified position players in the NL, Bellinger and Christian Yelich tied in Wins Above Replacement at 7.8, according to FanGraphs. Bellinger’s strong year helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.
Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.
Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.