Yasmany Tomas’ agent says his client has “way more” power than Jose Abreu

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After landing a six-year, $68 million contract with the White Sox last October, Jose Abreu batted .317 with 36 home runs and a .964 OPS this season and was the unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year Award earlier this evening. As for this offseason, 24-year-old outfielder Yasmany Tomas is considered the next big thing out of Cuba. Naturally, his agent, Jay Alou, is doing his part to justify his client’s contract blowing Abreu’s out of the water.

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Alou had this to say at the general managers’ meetings today when he was asked to compare Tomas’ power to Abreu:

“€œHe’€™s got more power than Abreu. He’€™s got a lot more power. Abreu’€™s a little older, more mature with his bat. Sometimes it takes guys longer to figure things out. And the last couple of weeks, a lot of things have clicked for Yasmany. I can tell you he’€™s got a lot more power than anyone I’€™ve ever seen. A lot.”

Alou is doing what an agent is supposed to do, so take this all with a grain of salt. And Tomas’ power is considered his best tool. Still, no pressure, Yasmany.

Alou told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com today that he considers the Phillies one of the front-runners to sign Tomas. It’s believed that his contract will surpass Rusney Castillo’s seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox for the richest-ever for a Cuban player.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.