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.