Braves lose out on Yasmany Tomas

The Braves will have to look elsewhere for help in the outfield.

The Braves lost out on Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas, as he agreed to sign a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Braves sent a contingent of scouts to the Dominican Republic Monday. They watched Tomas work out Tuesday morning. The Braves reportedly made an offer to Tomas, but he decided to sign with Arizona.

The one good part about Tomas signing with the Diamondbacks is that he did not sign with a team – like Seattle, San Diego or San Francisco – that has also been linked with Justin Upton. The Braves have Upton on the trade block. He is not going back to the Diamondbacks, who traded him to Atlanta two years ago.

There is still no solid idea of who will play the outfield for the Braves next season. They hoped Tomas would play one of the two corner outfield spots. They are trying to trade Justin and his brother B.J. Upton. Jason Heyward was traded to the Cardinals last week.

There have been rumblings Evan Gattis would be moved to left field, but the Braves prefer to trade him to an American League team. It’s likely the trades of Gattis and Justin Upton will bring a young outfielder to the Braves.

So as of now, the Braves outfield situation is very unsettled. But with the winter meetings less than two weeks away, that is certain to change soon.

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