WIP's Jon Johnson reports Jay Alou, the agent for new Diamondbacks outfield Yasmany Tomas, said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. never made an offer to Tomas. Alou stated Amaro claimed he "needed to clear salary" and his "hands were tied."
Tomas is a power-hitting outfielder that projects as a corner-outfielder when he gets to the United States. The 6'1", 230 lbs. has tremendous power which he unveiled at the 2013 World Baseball Classic as one of the youngest members of the Cuban squad. Baseball America listed Tomas' raw power at a 70 on the 20-80 scale which is phenomenal but comes at a price. Tomas has a upper-cut swing which leads to issues with breaking pitches and adds some swing-and-miss to his game.
The Phillies were reportedly "all over" Tomas but "cooled on the idea" of signing him days before he signed a six-year, $68.5 million deal with Arizona last week. There are nuances to the structure of Tomas' deal with the Diamondbacks that would not have made sense for the Phillies but not making an offer to a guy who plays a position of need is difficult to sell to an already upset fan base.
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