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Report: Mets to scout Yasmani Tomas next week

By Danny Abriano

Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas is holding a showcase in the Domincan Republic on September 21. According to Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog, citing a source, the Mets will be in attendance.

Tomas, 23, has been cleared to pursue a Major League contract, and is currently waiting to officially be declared a free agent.

Fellow defector Rusney Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million dollar deal with Boston last month, becoming the highest paid Cuban player ever. According to one international scout, Tomas may command as much as $100 million.

Tomas, who reports indicate is a bit susceptible to breaking stuff, has 70-grade power which translates in games to look something like this:


Back on August 6, it was written in this space that the Mets weren’t a fit for Rusney Castillo, but that Yasmani Tomas is the type of player they should be going after. Nothing has changed.

According to Baseball America, Tomas is still a bit raw. However, the same can be said about pretty much any player who hasn’t yet had a taste of the majors.

Tomas is four years younger than Castillo, has prolific power, and would slide into a position of need for the Mets as a corner outfielder.

The fact that the Mets will be in attendance for Tomas’ showcase doesn’t tell us much. It’s expected that nearly every team will have a representative at Tomas’ showcase to do their due diligence.

While the Mets may be interested in Tomas, it’s difficult to imagine them being seriously involved in the bidding for him if the price soars to close to $100 million.

The Mets do have both Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto – two potential impact corner outfield bats – in the minor leagues, but neither is expected to make an impact until 2016.

Nimmo may debut near the end of the 2015 season, and Conforto (who will likely open next season with High-A St. Lucie) could reach the majors by early-2016.

Still, the Mets have a hole in the outfield and an enormous need for power right now.

If the Mets were to land Tomas, it would accomplish two things. Most importantly, it would mean they’ve addressed one of their two glaring weaknesses (the other being shortstop). It would also change the conversation that has labeled the Mets as unwilling participants in the professional international market.