The Phillies are thought to be front runners for Yasmany Tomas

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Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas was declared a free agent a few weeks ago and there has been no shortage of interest in him. The Padres have worked him out twice and many other teams such as the Tigers, Giants and Rangers are said to be in the mix. But Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that “people involved in the process” say that the Phillies are “strong contenders.”

They should at least be trying to. With the minor league cupboard mostly bare of quality bats, Tomas would be a big, necessary get for Philly. Of course to get him they’ll really need to pony up. It is speculated that he’ll command around $100 million. Still, he’s only 23 and could help stabilize the Phillies’ outfield for some time.