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From Cuba to the Desert

Alright, so it is safe to say that the Diamondbacks have the market cornered on right-handed power hitting. With Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt and now Yasmany Tomas. Plus, they also have guys in place to get on base in front of these big power bats. With the likes of A.J. Pollock, Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings and Aaron Hill (although I still believe that they will probably trade one of those 4 guys). The guy this deal may most affect is 3rd base prospect Jake Lamb, who by the way like Tomas is also only 24 years old. He is also a left-handed hitter and would fit nicely between Trumbo and Tomas in the batting order to split up those 2 right-handed hitters. My projected batting order would be;

Player                     Position          BattsTrumboGoldscmidt031214

A.J Pollock                   CF                 R

Didi Gregorius             SS                  L

Paul Goldschmidt       1B                  R

Miguel Montero            C                  L

Mark Trumbo               LF                 R

Jake Lamb                     3B                 L

Yasmany Tomas          RF                 R

Aaron Hill                     2B                 R


This contract is good for the Diamondbacks, but this contract is also good for Tomas. Although all of the details have yet to be released because the contract has yet to be finalized we know that it has an opt-out clause. The opt-out clause has been put in the contract at year 4 according to the initial reports. This is good for the 24 year-old Tomas because if he hits well in Arizona (and there is a good chance of that happening) then he can again hit the open market before turning 30 years old and therefore receive another huge contract. But, in order for him to get that big payday he will have to perform well while wearing a Diamondback uniform.

As far as more about Tomas, this is from Jessie Sanchez of The details of Tomas’ escape from Cuba remain mysterious, but here’s what we know: Tomas left the island in June and landed in Haiti, where he later established residency. He was unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in September and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball a few weeks later.
The son of a fuel truck driver, Tomas is from the La Cuevita San Miguel del Padron section of Havana. He began playing baseball at age 6 with the other neighborhood children in the street, and he often tagged along with his grandfather to watch the hometown Havana Industriales play.
He played five seasons for the Havana Industriales in the Serie Nacional in Cuba, which means he was subjected to the international signing guidelines. Overall, he hit 30 home runs with 104 RBI’s in 205 regular-season games for the Industriales, starting in 2008. However, he never played more than 69 games during the Serie Nacional’s 90-game regular season and did not play during the 2010-11 season.

I like this deal, and I like the direction of the Diamondbacks.

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