The Diamondbacks have agreed to sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract, according to a report from Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes an opt-out clause after 2018.
Tomas, who has been one of the most coveted free agents this winter, has reportedly drawn significant interest from the Braves, Padres, Giants and Phillies. The 24-year old will join Arizona's outfield, joining Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock and David Peralta in the mix for starting spots among the team's outfield group.
Tomas was expected to command a deal worth more than the $72.5 million that Rusney Castillo got from the Red Sox a couple months ago, but will instead receive a shorter-term deal that allows him to become a free agent after his age-28 season due to the opt-out clause. With right-handed power at a premium right now, Tomas is likely looking to capitalize on the market by testing the free agent market twice before he hits 30 years old.
Scouts rave about Tomas' power and offensive abilities, with his arm and speed testing out at below-average levels. Arizona's outfield will likely rank among the most powerful in baseball, with both Tomas and Trumbo providing lots of longballs in hitter-friendly Chase Field.