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.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?