Yasmany Tomas worked out privately for the Red Sox

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The Red Sox’ interest in Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been reported as something between “meh” and “feh,” and originally they weren’t even going to hold a private workout for him. But they switched gears on the matter yesterday, and checked out the young man’s wares in the Dominican Republic:

Granted, that’s Tomas’ agent tweeting about balls being punished. He may be a bit biased on the matter.

The Sox have a lot of decisions to make regarding their outfield at the moment and it doesn’t seem like Tomas would fit there. They have Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley, Jr. Mookie Betts is an infielder but played mostly in the outfield after being called up. Shane Victorino is under contract for another year. Allen Craig is hanging around for the next few years, most likely.

As Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets, this may have been more of a workout of convenience than anything else. Tomas as there, the Sox had a field open and the agent is trying to make it look like it’s a bigger deal than it is.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.