ARLINGTON -- The Rangers held a private workout on Wednesday for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who is expected to be declared a free agent soon.
Tomas, who turns 24 in November, is expected to be the latest front-line position player to come from Cuba. He is a corner outfielder who has five years of experience in the Cuban National Series, the highest level of baseball on the island. He is a power hitter with a strong arm who was 6-for-16 with two home runs in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The Rangers, like any other team, could use a power-hitting outfielder but may not have room in their 2015 payroll for a major expenditure. The Rangers are not expecting a significant increase in 2015 from their current $133 million payroll and are likely to use what flexibility they have for pitching. The White Sox signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract last off-season.
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