Yasmany Tomas was once a top prospect defecting from Cuba in 2014 with a lot of hype surrounding his arrival from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Yet, it hasn’t gone according to plan for the 30 year old slugger, as he’s hit to a .765 OPS and only 48 homeruns with below-average defense.
He didn’t play at all in the Majors in 2020 after a 2019 that saw him play in only four games and collect zero hits. He was demoted after the 2017 season. He does have a strong season under his belt as in 2016, he hit to an .820 OPS, with 31 homeruns and a .272 average. It’s that prominence that he looks to return to with the Washington Nationals in 2021.
It’s a minor league deal and will be the first time he’s been with a Major League organization outside of the Diamondbacks, but it’s also a far cry from his original six-year, $68.5M contract.
For the Nationals, they now receive depth following the outright of Michael Taylor and having declined the option of Adam Eaton. This gives them an extra outfielder should injuries occur to the 2019 World Champions.