Yasmany Tomas signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

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Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has signed a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This deal was first reported by MLB reporter Jesse Sanchez.

Tomas was expected to get a lot more money than what he got, and maybe even break the $100 million mark. However, for whatever reason, his ultimate deal didn’t meet expectations.

The Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies all showed major interest as of late, and will now have to look elsewhere for outfield help.

Arizona’s new two-headed monster in the front office- Tony La Russa (Chief Baseball Officer) and Dave Stewart (General Manager)- have been quite active in their first offseason. First, they went out and traded two prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays for former Rookie of the Year, SP Jeremy Hellickson. And now, they’ve given a lucrative contract to the Cuban slugger, Tomas. Expect the D-Backs to be major players in most trade and free agent talks for years to come.

While the Diamondbacks aren’t quite there yet, especially in their ultra-competitive division, adding Tomas is a step in the right direction towards the playoffs.

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