San Diego Padres and Braves have emerged as the frontrunners for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have emerged as a front-runner for  power-hitting Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Sanchez reports that the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres have emerged as the frontrunners in the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes and top officials from both clubs are expected to meet with him this weekend in the Dominican Republic.

Sanchez also reports that Tomas is currently mulling offers and his camp is considering attending Winter Meetings in San Diego next month. The slugger is believed to be seeking at least a five to seven year deal with an annual salary near $15 million, but the Tomas’ camp has not ruled out the possibility of signing a short-term, high-value deal that would allow him to return to the market sooner rather than later.

The San Diego Padres and general manager A.J. Preller have been heavily pursuing power-hitting Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas all off-season.

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.

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.