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Padres showing strong interest in Yasmany Tomas

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Chung Sung-Jun

The Padres already have a Yonder, a Yangervis, and a Yasmani, so "Y" not add a Yasmany? San Diego has shown a strong interest in international free agent Yasmany Tomas; he had already worked out privately for Padres officials once, and Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Cuban-born outfielder did so a second time on Sunday.

Back in June, when it became official that Tomas left Cuba to pursue a major league career, Badler wrote a must-read overview of Tomas. In it, he explains that Tomas is exempt from international bonus pools due to being 23 years old and having five years experience in Cuba's Serie Nacional. Essentially, teams are free to pay him what they please without it affecting the amount they can spend on other international signings. Badler also made not that Yasmany's power is rated a 70 on the 20-80 scout's scale, and that he will be a corner outfielder despite having experience in center.

Tomas had a down year this past season after performing well the previous two. From Badler's June article:

During the 2012-13 Serie Nacional regular season that year, Tomas hit .289/.364/.538 with 15 home runs, 34 walks (10 intentional) and 52 strikeouts in 324 plate appearances over 81 games, ranking fifth in the league in slugging and sixth in home runs. That came one year after his breakthrough 2011-12 campaign when he batted .301/.340/.580 with 16 homers in 240 plate appearances over 69 games.

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This past season in Cuba, which ended with Industriales losing in the semifinals in April, Tomas seemed to regress, even losing playing time in the second half, which one source said was the result of an arm injury he sustained crashing into an outfield wall in February. He finished the season at .290/.346/.450 with six home runs, 21 walks and 46 strikeouts in 257 plate appearances.

Since then, Tomas has taken residency in Haiti and has been working out in the Dominican Republic. Perhaps, oh just perhaps, his next stop might be San Diego.