Here’s one more thing you, as a Phillies fan, don’t have to be thankful for.
Yosmany Tomas has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources.
The Tomas deal is believed to have an opt-out and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.
Lovely. The Phillies had apparently cooled on Tomas (because of his defense) in recent weeks, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. But it’s yet another minor disappointment as Tomas would’ve been a nice building block for the Phils in the second half of the decade that will be their half-assed rebuilding project.
And here’s another disconnected media type to tell you why you shouldn’t be bummed out:
I cannot wait for the rational reaction by Phillies fans regarding a player they have never seen play.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) November 26, 2014
My thoughts: This sucks. Six years and $68 million, while it may tell you something about the holes in Tomas’ game, is not a lot for a player who could turn into a star. Add in the reported opt-out clause after four years – allowing Tomas to leave if his team is floundering, or for any other reason – and the contract, by itself, is well worth the risk. One refrain, cited by who else but WB Murphy and Gelb, is that you can’t call for the Phillies to rebuild or trade Cole Hamels while at the same time complaining that they didn’t sign Tomas. Huge flaw in that thinking, though: Hamels is 30 and costs twice as much. Tomas, at 24, could be a legitimate star in two or three years when the Phillies could, in theory, contend again (not likely). He’d be entering his prime at a cheap price. Hamels will likely be an overpaid veteran by then. You can’t even compare the two players. Wanting the Phils to trade Hamels for some top prospects (I’m not even saying I want them to), or just rebuild in general, is a lot different than wanting them to sign an affordable 24-year-old with huge upside. And Ruben Amaro’s an idiot.10 Comments