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:
“He’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.