Tomas Yasmani

Opinion: Mets should go for 23-year-old OF Yasmani Tomas

23-year-old Cuban OF Yasmani Tomas has defected and will pursue an MLB contract, according to reporter Ben Badler (Baseball America, June 20).

Tomas is a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder and one of the top young power hitters in Cuba.

“He can hit towering home runs thanks to the strength from his thickly-built 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame,” Badler writes. “He has some experience in center field and is a decent runner for his size, but his speed is still below-average and he’s going to be a corner outfielder in pro ball.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I was SO wrong about Jose Abreu it’s laughable. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone, since pretty much every National League team was leery of signing him, because he profiled to be an obvious DH… and still does.

In this case, though, with Tomas, I want the Mets to make a move.

This guy can play the outfield. Badler says he hits ‘towering home runs,’ and, frankly, that’s good enough for me. At this point, given the state of the Mets offense and lack of immediate help in the farm system, even if this guy is a total bust, it would probably be worth the bet.

The White Sox gave six years and $68 million to Abreu. The Mets made a $60 million commitment to Curtis Granderson. Abreu has already hit more home runs this season (20) than Granderson may hit all year. I know it’s an unfair comparison, since Abreu plays in a hitter’s park, and the Mets needed an outfielder more than a first baseman – let alone a DH. However, the Mets still need an outfielder, and they still need power. And if Tomas can be that guy, which it sounds like he can, when the bidding starts this winter, the Mets should step up like the home-run hungry New York team they are and go for it.




299 comments
Elz Roche
Elz Roche

I like the prospect of signing this guy.. if he can hit anything close to Abreu, Puig, or Cespedes the money would be worth it, plus you wouldn't even need to surrender a first round pick. The Mets gave Bay and Young a bunch of money... i feel like we are due!

Scrubs
Scrubs

I'm imploring the Mets to go after Tomas. I know nothing about him except the island country he's from.  Take a chance!  Invest that couple mil from the Ike trade and add to it. He may not pan out but this roster is full of guys who never will. I love my Mets but they're boring and lifeless. Harvey is on the fast track to free agency.  Loved what I saw in WBC. Based on that alone, give Tomas a shot. 

I say do it everything that has been coming from Cuba has been money.we goon to lose out on him for what!! Players that we have faith in..plz last time I checked faith don't win games..David is washed up n the line up have no real threate..I say go for it

robo
robo

would you sign this guy who looks like a stud power hitter or trade for stanton if he is trade bait or wait on puello or nimmo big questions ?

Nick Antinarella
Nick Antinarella

Glad you were SO wrong regarding Abreu b/c most of us Mets fans weren't. I wanted Abreu from day one. I don't care that he looks like a "future DH" he's 23 for God sakes. He won't hit the DH until his late 20s or 30. I know 0 about this new guy, so I'd have to read up. But, if he's athletic and his stats are comparable to Abreu then sign him. 


So sick and tired of this franchise nickel and diming their way through the past few MLB season. I don't care Madoff. You've got a brand new stadium and your own television network, MAKE IT WORK. Spend money smartly on FA players, rather than trade away our future. And if you MUST make a trade, darn well make sure it's a can't miss, even if that means trading top tier talent *coughcoughstantoncoughcough*

Christopher Guy
Christopher Guy

What's the sense of opinions... the organization does the opposite.

Jim Dooley
Jim Dooley

He's going to highest bidder and we all know it will not be the Mets!

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

No excuse not to sign this kid.  23 with power and can play the corner.  For a team that has no near-term answer to LF (I really was hoping Puello was going to be the guy), an abundance of young, front-end pitching prospects of which you don't have to get rid of any if you sign him, this is exactly what the doctor ordered for this ill team.

semperfi
semperfi

TC out and Wally in, the dog whisperer would see TC as a small dog with nervous energy that makes everyone around them uptight and he would see Wally as a Bulldog that is small but mighty and walks with confidence and commands respect as well as being the Mascot of The Few, The Proud, The Marines, come on Sandy, TC might be more of the officer type but you need a Gunny or a Sargent Major for the bench, promote TC and let him have an office next to you and send Wally to the bench, he will get this team playing a hell of alot better then TC ever will, time to realign.  

semperfi
semperfi

Sorry to be a kill joy but 0 chance, they just used there #1 draft choice on the best hitter in college ball who will be fast tracked because of his age and he will be their future LF, 3 more years of Granderson and Nimmo just moved up to AA and will have a spring training invite along with Lagares who is one of the top OF defenders in MLB, I just cant see them investing $60+ million on another OF, the Cuban Abreu would have been a perfect fit for them at 1st base or they should of gone after Encarcion who just hit his 23rd HR with 60+ RBIs to play 1st but they were content with Duda and Davis and they should have still snatched up Cruz even after signing CY and gave him a 1st basemens glove, $8 mill for a guy that has 22 HRs and 60 RBI's for. The good news is we are only 5 games out of 1st place even though we are playing poorly, bad news is we are in last place and playing poorly,either we keep going don the path we are and end the season last and 20+ games back with no one at the home games or we make some changes and get on a nice run and start filling the seats, come on, this is New York, not a small market team!

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Watch the Mets probably will sign this guy and he'll be the one Cuban import that doesn't work out. Mets always seem to go after the wrong player

Nick Catino
Nick Catino

Mets wont even say one word about him because they wont take a chance. Come on Matt, wake up.

hidalgofan
hidalgofan

two options: either the Mets don't even look at him or they sign him and bats .220

Tortured Mets Fan
Tortured Mets Fan

Mets won't even look at him let alone consider making him a real offer.  The Front Office and ownership is a bust. Worse is this year's trading deadline will be us dumping more payroll for prospects.  After Gee gets 1 or 2 starts post DL he will be gone. Murph is a 50/50 to be moved yet he's the only guy who can't hit at citi field.



wallbanger
wallbanger

These are the type of FA that we should be looking at. Most of your traditional free agents (e.g., Jason Bay, Curtis Granderson) are in their mid-30s and demand 4 years or more. Everyone knows that by the time the contract is up, this type player doesn't come close to earning the money he is paid. The young international stars come cheaper and have better up sides, not the down sides of most free agents.

Brett MacLeod
Brett MacLeod

Finally. Pay some cash, get a player, keep building your farm. Enough of this nickle and dime only strategy. We aren't the As and we don't want to be. Btw, the A's haven't won a WS since '89. 

rico
rico

what if they lay out 60 million and next spring we learn that he can't hit a curveball?


would you like to gamble on a "maybe" or trade for an established bat, say Eithier or Craig, Cargo?



nymetsrule
nymetsrule

78 million is our max payroll so forget it

eric88
eric88

Mets? NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!! 

Richard Daly
Richard Daly

If they pay him he will come .he is not coming Lol!

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

darn near every major league prospect who is a cuban defector has been at least a solid major league player; especially the position players

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

Yes. Slot him into left.  The Mets won't sign him but, I can dream.  

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

Absolutely we should try to sign this guy but the Wilponzis won't spend the $ necessary to sign this guy. We have no hitters coming up through the farm system and we need offense. I have no faith the Wilponzis will spend $ 2 improve team.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

As long as he does not want to much , Sandy should be able to  " Sell " the idea to the Wilpons.

hankypanky
hankypanky

The scouting reports on other teams will push this kid out of reach of the Wilpon payroll. How many times have we witnessed the Mets bypassed by teams that spend? What planet is Cerrone on?

crimsondad
crimsondad

Problem is you need money to sign him something the Wilpons either don't have or won't or can't spend.The active roster payroll sits at round 77 million right now.I doubt they'll ever go back to even 90 million. Let's stop daydreaming and face facts.In the years they spent money they did it with other people's money courtesy of Bernie Madoff. They have never shown any willingness to spend their own.

Nell Dar
Nell Dar

Eh scouting reports put at a high risk. He has a slow bat and some say he would struggle against major league pitching. I think they should go after despaigne instead

Steve Chiarella
Steve Chiarella

theyll pass on him just like abreu, last year, and every other, cuban, and/or japan player

Pete Nabel
Pete Nabel

They owe it to David and the fans to get some offense on this team.  Considering the weak 2014 FA class, this is a signing that needs to happen.

Pete Nabel
Pete Nabel

they should, but they won't. where is minaya when you need him

I'll take this guy for 2 years 20 mill..easy

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@Jeff Lubatkin  Conforto is, at the most, 2 years away. Also, they don't expect Tomas to be signable until the offseason, at the earliest.

robo
robo

@semperfi  u might be right but collins dont have the talent you can put la russa on this team and they will still lose. we have no hitting and no position players wally would be john tortarella 2.0 there is a reason he is not a MLB  manager yet . as for me yes i would take him but ownership will still not make the right moves to be a winner

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@semperfi  Cruz wouldn't have signed with us. The Won'tpons have too bad a rep with the players. Nobody wants to come here. Granderson only signed so he wouldn't have to move again, and Freddy threw a big pile of money at him - more than he would have gotten anywhere elde.

Elz Roche
Elz Roche

@semperfi i understand your point about conforto and nimmo but those guys are still 2 maybe 3 years away and there is always a big question mark when it comes to unproven minor leaguers.... if this guy can hit like any of the 3 big new Cuban Players, I'd pay the bill for 6 years $65 Mil no problem.  I like Nimmo but who knows if he will ever develop power?? (citi field power)

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@hidalgofan .220 with a bit of power would make him one of the top 3 hitters in the current lineup.

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

@rico  "what if they lay out 60 million and next spring we learn that he can't hit a curveball?"


So you think he's Pedro Cerrano?


"would you like to gamble on a "maybe" or trade for an established bat, say Eithier or Craig, Cargo?"


Those guys are all older and would cost talent (prospects, etc.) in addition to their contract cost.  Odds are you could get Tomas at a cheaper contract per-year than any of the guys you list make; you wouldn't have to trade away any talent to sign him, and he's only 23 so his best years are definitely ahead of him.

rico
rico

@Jayson Love Didn't we have a cuban pitcher and 1st baseman about 10 years ago who both stunk?


Jorge Toca 1999-2001 

Alay Solar 2006


Not saying "don't go after this guy, I hope they do, but know that every "sure thing" defecting from the little island is no sure thing.  


Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@Jayson Love Yeah but ya know…we have Chris Young and four or so years ago he was REALLY GOOD! Like one good Steve Finley year.  

citifield
citifield

  more like 6 years $65million

Mex_17_for_HOF
Mex_17_for_HOF

@mrmet4mvp @rico  Scouting reports all say he needs minor league time, so he won't be ready for the bigs until Conforto  - 2016.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

I said darn near when they are highly regarded though, they are usually good. Soler and toca werent. Rey ordonez was

rico
rico

@Jayson Love Ordonez was good?  Whaaat?


At first he was the best defensive shortstop this side of ozzie smith but could hit about as well as Bartolo Colon.  Then he started to hit a tiny bit, maybe as much as Tejada but Ordonez suddenly lost his defensive skills. he was an odd one.  I don't know if I'd call Ray a "win" 


Soler was supposed to be a potential ace and Toca a power hitting 1st basemen.    Soler was awful, a wimp and Toca a dud.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

Soler was never a potential ace. Ordonez was the best defensive ss for a few years til he got caught up in the roid era.