06-20-2014, 10:25 AM #1
Yasmani Tomas defects
Anybody know anything about this guy? I'm guessing it's highly unlikely, but it's always fun to dream of a guy like this defying the odds and signing with the Twins. Might be a good way to use some of that extra money as the young prospects start making their way to the bigs in the next few years?
06-20-2014, 10:34 AM #2
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They've had the chance the last few years to add Cuban talent, and have not. It is great to dream, like some of us did on Abreu last year.......but I'd bet a different team signs him.Lighten up Francis....
06-20-2014, 10:38 AM #3
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06-20-2014, 10:41 AM #4
The Twins have been very shy about courting Cuban defectors - they were big players in Cuba before the ban (When the Twins were the Senators).
I wonder what effect, if any, signing Kendry Morales would have on the Twins' involvement on Cuban free agents.
Tomas was ranked in the top 5 of international prospects at the last World Baseball Classic. He's still relatively young, but has played in Cuba's professional league for 5 years (which means there are no spending limits).
He'll have to get residency in a country other than Cuba and have the MLB agree to say he's allowed to sign a contract with an MLB team.
He played some CF, but he's a bit slow-footed, so projects to be a corner OF in the bigs. He's got power and is seen as just a notch or two below The White Sox' Abreu. Most of my info is coming from the MLB Trade Rumors story, which seems to use the Baseball America link you posted as its main source...
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06-20-2014, 11:17 AM #5
I have to see the Twins get involved seriously in negotiating with a Cuban player. They just seem disinterested in this particular market regardless of the talent.
06-20-2014, 11:29 AM #6
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07-18-2014, 09:32 PM #7
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Remember when the Senators/Twins had a ton of Cuban talent? Late 50s and early 60s. Versalles, Valdivielso, Becquer, Ramos, Pascual, and Cueto. And those were off the 1961 Twins. What ever happened to their front office thinking? The Twins were good back then. I don't think it would hurt to start looking towards Cuba again.
07-21-2014, 07:54 AM #8
The Washington Senators had an active hand in developing Cuban players - those players listed were all signed and came to the U.S. minor leagues prior to 1959. Then Cuba became communist under Castro and the U.S. no longer allowed business to continue as usual between MLB and Cuba.
The way guys are signed from Cuba now is usually a bit shady, legally speaking.
07-21-2014, 08:57 AM #9
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I do think the Twins should be a lot more aggressive in getting international talent that falls outside of the international cap (Cuba and Japan, mostly). For whatever reason, they aren't. I don't know if they have their own value on these guys that is too low or if the Pohlads don't want to spend that kind of money on unknown talent or if don't trust the ages or what. But I do wish they'd spend more money there - seems like a relatively easy way to increase the teams talent pipeline.
07-21-2014, 09:05 AM #10
They might not trust their scouting - in the case of Japan, the last player they signed was not the guy they thought they were getting. Not really Nishioka's fault for being a bad ML player, but it may make the Twins a bit gun shy.
With Cuban players, it could be a similar lack of scouting intel. However, I am of the opinion that the Twins are not eager to deal with all the baggage that comes with signing players that had to seek political asylum and in many cases illegally flee their home country.
There is a legacy of great Cuban players playing for Minnesota, and they now currently have Cuban defector Kendrys Morales on the team, they might become open to signing players directly from Cuba in the future, but I'd have to see it to believe it at this point.