Yasmany Tomas held a private showcase for the Padres yesterday in the Dominican Republic, the second time the Cuban free agent outfielder held an exclusive showing for the organization, according to international sources.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller attended Tomas’ workout yesterday and was also among the Padres officials who were at his open showcase at the Giants’ Dominican complex on Sept. 21. In between, the Padres also held another private workout for Tomas, so they have seen him three times within the last three weeks. Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke and vice president of baseball operations Omar Minaya have also scouted Tomas in the Dominican Republic.
The Padres have typically not been a player for top Cuban talent, or really any high-profile free agent. However, the Padres also scored the fewest runs in baseball this year, were the worst offensive team in baseball by park-adjusted metrics and had their right fielders produce a .630 OPS that ranked 29th in baseball. Preller, who was hired in August, didn’t shy away from top foreign professional talent while he was a key decision maker (along with Welke) with the Rangers, who signed Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin and Japanese righthander Yu Darvish. Given that the Rangers also had a private workout for Tomas, it’s not surprising that both teams could have interest in him. The Phillies also worked out Tomas last month.
Tomas, who turns 24 in November, is a free agent with residency in Haiti and a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury. As an international free agent, he doesn’t need to wait until after the playoffs are over to strike a deal, so he’s cleared to sign any time.