The Phillies have a private showcase scheduled for today with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas at their facility in the Dominican Republic, according to a source. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is among the Phillies contingent that is expected to be on hand to watch Tomas.
Tomas, 23, had an open showcase at the Giants’ Dominican complex on Sunday that drew hundreds of scouts. Tomas will continue to have private showings for other teams as well, though Major League Baseball has not declared him a free agent yet. Tomas does have permanent residency papers from Haiti and his specific unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury, so his free agency should be coming soon. Since Tomas has played five seasons in Cuba, it’s assumed he will be exempt from the international bonus pools, although MLB wouldn’t confirm that yet since he’s not a free agent.