Yasmani Tomas Defects From Cuba – Should The Yankees Pursue?

Yasmani Tomas, a 23-year-old Cuban star, has defected from Cuba. The 6’1″, 230-lb. outfielder was one of the best remaining Cuban sluggers after the departure of Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu. With his young age and gigantic frame, Tomas figures to be an instant impact-player at the major league level. As a corner outfielder, he may also be perfect for the Yankees.

The Yankees doled out three contracts to three outfielders this off-season. Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran were given contracts worth over $250 million between the three of them, and yet right field seems to be very…nonexistent. Beltran has spent a large portion of this season injured, and has yet to match his early season success and is hitting just .220 on the season halfway through June. Ellsbury has had his slumps as well, but is a more dependable player. Gardner has been Gardner, even providing some more pop this year. The weak spot is obviously right field.

Right field has become a platoon of Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, and Ichiro Suzuki. This is Soriano’s last season with the Yankees, and Suzuki will most likely not be back after this season either. That leaves only Beltran, two more years, and $30 million to get through. At the end of Beltran’s contract Tomas will be just 25 and will turn 26 going into the 2017 season. That is almost perfect timing for Beltran to come off the books with Tomas getting into his full production years.

His power numbers were low this past season (6 home runs in just over 250 plate appearances) but that was due to an arm injury that he played through. He has been hitting for average and scouts have given him a 70 raw power rank (the scale ranges from 20 to 80). While he may not be able to sign until late 2014 or early 2015, the Yankees should give Tomas a serious look. In fact, the later he signs, the less silly the Yankees look with two expensive right fielders. He will come cheaper than Puig and Abreu, giving the Yankees plenty of room to make the move. Look for the Tomas talk to gear up as he officially gains residency in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Joseph

    “Tomas figures to be an instant impact-player at the major league level.”

    I haven’t seen a single scouting report that lines up with that tbh. Everyone says same thing:

    Great raw power but below average speed and questionable plate discipline. They all seem to recommend “some seasoning in the upper minor leagues”.

    Then factor in Aaron Judge, Williams and Heathcott (both have pitfalls but both still have a chance to shape up) and Peter O’Brien has been absolutely obliterating the ball in the minors so far and has been playing RF since it’s a likely landing spot for him due to the plethora of superior catching talent in the system.

    Just see no need to even think about getting in on this guy right now.

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Yankees should pursue

  • JoeDaBeast

    Seems like the writer is fascinated with Puig and Abreu, forgetting that Puig is a talented “head case” that Dandy Don Mattingly has to hang his managerial career on and Abreu is going to lose the ROY to another foreign import (thanks to Mr. Tanaka). If we have players in the farm system doing well, as I have said time and time again, let those young pups prove their worth on the big stage. They WILL produce, if not, relook at your scouting department.

    • Scott Alfano

      You’re right Joe, I am fascinated with them. Puig is worth the headache, and Abreu losing the ROY to Tanaka does not mean that he’s not one of the best players in baseball right now. Abreu doesn’t have the BA or OBP I’d like to see, but 21/55 HR/RBI is something to drool over when Beltran is hitting 220 with 23 RBI.

      • JoeDaBeast

        I agree on Abreu, but will not on Puig. I bet if Mattingly could get rid of him and keep his job, he would.