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Mets will scout Yasmani Tomas, who may be out of their reach

By Danny Abriano
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The Mets will be sending three scouts to the Dominican Republic for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas‘ showcase this Sunday.

The 23-year-old Tomas, a corner outfielder who is free to pursue a Major League contract and is waiting to officially be declared a free agent, will also be holding private workouts for specific teams after Sunday.

According to Peter Gammons of the MLB Network, it’s expected that Tomas will receive a deal worth roughly $80 million.

Fellow Cuban defector Rusney Castillo recently became the highest paid Cuban player ever after signing a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million.

Last year, Jose Abreu received $68 million over six years.

Thoughts:

The Mets shouldn’t be heading to Tomas’ showcase with a blank check in their hand. However, if their scouts believe Tomas is the type of player who would thrive in the majors, the Mets should be serious bidders.

Throwing a potential wrench into any potential pursuit of Tomas by the Mets is VP Paul DePodesta, who recently said the following regarding the Cuban market:

"The dollars to this point have been beyond our reach or our appetite."

Sorry, but the dollars for recent Cuban free agents being “beyond” the Mets’ reach simply isn’t accurate.

Rusney Castillo, who the Mets were right to not pursue, will make roughly $10.5 million per year. Jose Abreu is making a shade over $11 million per year. Yasmani Tomas will likely net right around the same average annual value as Tomas and Abreu.

Compare the above players to Curtis Granderson, who is making $15 million per year or even Bartolo Colon, who is slated to make $11 million next year, and it’s clear that the contracts being awarded to Cuban free agents are not “beyond” the Mets’ reach.

Now, if those contracts are beyond the Mets’ “appetite,” as DePodesta alludes, perhaps they need to ask themselves why they’re willing to spend $60 million on a player in his mid-30s who has been declining, but balk at spending roughly the same amount (and less annually) on players in their early-20s who have major upside.

If the Mets scout Tomas and feel he isn’t the type of player they need, that’s fine.

However, if this is a matter of being afraid or unwilling to spend a reasonable amount of money on a player they feel can help them in a big way, it will be extremely disappointing.

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