So the initial reports are that the Diamondbacks have signed Yasmany Tomas for 6/$68.5M. The first instinct for Phillies fans to rush for something to comfort themselves. The problem is that buried in the details is that Tomas contract comes with an opt out after 4 years. This had been the trend of reports coming out recently, that Tomas was in favor of a contract that allowed him to be a FA at age 27-28. The Phillies likely would have matched or gone for a higher AAV, but at a 4 year deal it just does not fit their timeline. The Phillies front office has stated that they are looking to compete in the 2017-2018 time frame. This means that on a 4 year contract for Tomas the Phillies would be paying for 2 years of Tomas on a bad team for the opportunity to have him for 2 years of possible contention. The downside is that you are paying him for 6 years if he isn’t good. In the end that just doesn’t make sense for the Phillies going forward. We will see how they spend the money (either on FAs or to help grease the wheels of trades).
The Cuban FA market is weird and it appears the Phillies went in knowing what would work for them, and in the end that didn’t align with the player’s wishes. The Phillies will be bad in 2015 and 2016 and this would not have changed that. Yes a young power hitter for 6-7 years would be really nice. A young power hitters for realistically 2 years of contention just isn’t worth it.