Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has reached an agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a six-year, $68.5 million deal, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Some people thought that Tomas would receive a much larger contract, including myself and I’m surprised he went ahead and agreed to a contract now instead of waiting until December.
Arizona pretty much just stole an extremely talented player and the post Kevin Towers era looks good. Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart did a great job wrapping up Tomas. The only thing that is for certain about Tomas is his bat. We still don’t know how he will turn out defensively and his conditioning has come into question.
Tomas will bring another power bat to Arizona lineup, that already features Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo. The Diamondbacks have already added a solid pitcher in Jeremy Hellickson, after trading for him earlier this offseason.
The one negative for the Diamondbacks is their division which features the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres. The Giants and Dodgers are their biggest threat and I wouldn’t count on Arizona contending for the playoffs until 2016.