Cuban slugger, Yasmany Tomas, has flown over to the United States to meet interested teams, with his agent, Felipe Alou. It’s a well documented fact that the home-run-hitting defector will draw lots of interest from major league teams. However, he’s expected to be signed to play the corner outfield — probably left field — for the highest bidder. That said, according to Peter Gammons, his aforementioned agent, Alou, is pushing the San Francisco Giants to sign Tomas as a third baseman.
Tomas worked out for two teams in Santo Domingo recently, the Cuban capital, and prior to the that, worked out at the San Francisco Giants’ training ground. He is almost guaranteed to yield a huge contract as, despite his risk factor, his ceiling is huge. Most scouts feel that Tomas can be a force in the middle of anyone’s lineup, and can slug home-runs in any ballpark.
With the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes still non-the-clearer, the Giants are yet to find their third baseman for next season. In his offseason interview, Larry Baer indicated that there were no in-house options to replace Sandoval. Hence, if Sandoval does indeed sign with the Boston Red Sox, the Giants will have to pursue a different free-agent.
While Chase Headley is a magnificent option — projected to have the highest WAR for next season of all free-agents — the Giants aren’t said to be interested. Therefore, currently, it would appear to be either Tomas or Sandoval who will be playing the hot corner for San Francisco next season. It would be interesting to see what Tomas can do at third. If his defense is sustainable, and his price-tag not too high, he would be a perfect option. His signing is said to be imminent.