Bucs attend showcase of Cuban outfielder Tomas

Bucs attend showcase of Cuban outfielder Tomas

ATLANTA -- The Pirates were among the teams to attend an all-comers showcase workout on Sunday in the Dominican Republic by outfielder Yasmany Tomas -- perhaps the next "big deal" from Cuba.

However, when Tomas, 23, begins a round of more private workouts for the leading competitors to sign him, the Bucs don't figure to show up on that agenda. Tomas -- not yet formally declared an eligible free agent by Major League Baseball -- has been projected to possibly command a nine-figure deal.

"We know the player. We like the player," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said here Monday afternoon. "We will participate in the process. As it has with most Cuban players, the market may take it above a place where we feel comfortable."

Worth noting

Andrew McCutchen (Roberto Clemente Award, for best exemplifying the late outfielder's virtues), Neil Walker (Chuck Tanner Award, for cooperation) and Tony Watson (Steve Blass Pitcher of the Year) were announced recipients of the annual awards by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA.

The latter honor for the first time bears the name of the former right-hander who has been an icon of Pittsburgh baseball for a half-century, most recently as part of the team's broadcasting crew.

• By following up Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers with a Sunday victory by the same score, the Bucs traded 1-0 final margins in consecutive games against the same opponent for the first time since August 1-2, 1945, vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

However, with all five hits in Sunday's victory being singles, the Bucs' streak of at least one extra-base hit ended at 52 games.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.