Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas is scheduled to fly to the United States tomorrow to meet with his agent, and a signing appears imminent, according to Jorge Arangure of Vice Sports. Multiple teams have been involved in the bidding for Tomas, but his destination is not yet known.
The teams who appear most involved in the Tomas sweepstakes are the Phillies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Royals, Orioles and Mariners, according to media reports. Tomas' agent, Jay Alou, had a one-on-one meeting with Phillies' general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. earlier in the week, with Philadelphia seeming to be the most aggressive team involved in the bidding. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres are "not a likely fit" despite their frequent scouting of Tomas, and the Giants' pursuit of Pablo Sandoval may make Tomas too expensive for them to seriously pursue.
Tomas is expected to net a deal worth more than $100 million, with his representatives looking for a contract in the five- to seven-year range. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com recently reported that the slugger turned down an eight-year offer already, preferring a shorter term deal that would allow him to potentially cash in through free agency at a later point in his career.
It's tough to handicap the serious players in the Tomas market right now, but it looks like the Phillies, Royals, and Dodgers are among the frontrunners, based on media reports. Things should pick up in the next few days, and Tomas should find himself a very large payday soon.