Yasmany Tomas signs a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks

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The Arizona Diamondbacks were not linked with Yasmany Tomas until very recently. Apparently Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart close deals fast, however. From Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The Tomas deal will include an opt-out after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

It was believed by some that his contract would surpass Rusney Castillo‘s seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox for the richest-ever for a Cuban player, but this falls just short. Likely because of the opt-out provision. Before the Dbacks were in the hunt, it was rumored that the Braves, Padres and Giants were all interested.

Tomas just turned 24. He is said to have plus-power and will likely play a corner outfield position. At the moment, it would appear that left field is his destination.

 

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.