San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres are continuing their pursuit of power-hitting Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, as Ben Badler of Baseball America is reporting that the San Diego Padres and general manager A.J. Preller held a second private workout with Yasmany Tomas today in the Dominican Republic.
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A.J. Preller and the Padres held their first private workout with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas last Friday and according to Ben Badler of Baseball America the Padres were well-represented at Yasmany Tomas’s open workout for Major League teams in the Dominican Republic last month, as Padres executives and new general manager A.J. Preller were in attendance.
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Peter Gammons reported last month that the San Diego Padres were in his opinion one of the favorites to sign Yasmany Tomas.
With the recent success of Cuban defectors Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Abreu and Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne, Padres ownership has made it a priority to be more active in signing impact players like Yasmany Tomas in the international market. As evidenced by Padres ownership naming former Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller the team’s new general manager earlier this season. Preller is well known for his expertise in evaluating and recruiting international talent. Which is an area of talent the Padres have failed to be aggressive in acquiring for the past decade.
Tomas, 23, is an athletic 6-foot-1 and 230 pound outfielder with tremendous power. Tomas is expected to sign for around $105 million and it seems
If Ron Fowler and Padres ownership wants to gain the fan base’s trust back…spend the money to sign Yasmany Tomas. Don’t just be another one of the teams that were in the running to sign Yasmany Tomas, be the team that makes the big off-season splash and sign Yasmany Tomas.