It is a bit of a surprise to see Tomas signed prior to Thanksgiving especially after he initially was said to be seeking a contract in excess of the $72.5 million given to Rusney Castillo of the Red Sox in August.
Breaking: Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas & D-backs have agreed to a 6-year deal worth $68.5M, according to sources http://t.co/haBhc6LtHh
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) November 26, 2014
The Phillies were considered the favorites to land Tomas much of the offseason but dropped out of the race quickly two weeks ago after expressing concerns about his conditioning and ability to play defense. The Braves, Padres and Giants had also shown interest in him.
Tomas, 24, can opt out of his contract with the Diamondbacks after four years.
Word around Tomas is that he has quite the power stroke which could play nicely at Chase Field – home of the Diamondbacks. His most likely playing position is left field. The Diamondbacks have Mark Trumbo in right field.