SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The Diamondbacks on Thursday unveiled arguably their most important offseason acquisition by introducing Yasmany Tomas during a media briefing at their Salt River Fields training facility.
Tomas, who signed a $68 million, six-year contract in November after defecting from Cuba, answered questions through interpreter Ariel Prieto for 20 minutes, with chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, new general manager Dave Stewart and new manager Chip Hale all on hand.
Tomas has been working out at the complex since arriving earlier in the week.
While most observers project Tomas as an outfielder, the Diamondbacks plan to give him a chance to earn the third base job during spring training.
“I feel comfortable,” Tomas said about playing at the hot corner. “I played a lot of third base in Cuba.”
Stewart later addressed the subject, confirming that if Tomas can handle the position it would fill an open spot for the team, although the Diamondbacks have third base depth in Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury, who could move to second base.
When asked about the success of other Cuban players who preceded him, Tomas said, “I’m going to try to follow those guys because they already have gotten results here, and I want to do the same thing because I have a goal.”