Texas Rangers rumors: Yasmany Tomas will participate in a private workout Wednesday for the Texas Rangers at their complex in the Dominican Republic, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.
Tomas is a 23 year old outfielder who defected from Cuba earlier this year, and who has established residency in Haiti, which means that he is eligible to be signed as a free agent, rather than having to go through the draft. The scouting report on him is that he has big time power, although there are questions about whether that will translate to the major leagues. He is also reportedly going to be getting a major league deal that could exceed $100 million.
The Rangers pursued Jose Abreu last offseason, but were out-bid by the Chicago White Sox, which led to a sequence of events that included Ian Kinsler being traded for Prince Fielder, so we could imagine an alternate timeline which includes Abreu coming to Texas, Derek Holland not playing with his dog that fateful day, and an entirely different 2014 campaign.
One would think that the Rangers wouldn't be holding a private workout for Tomas if they didn't have a significant level of interest in him, and with Alex Rios likely departing after the season, there is an opening in the Rangers' outfield. This is definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming days...