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Yasmani Tomas deal with unknown team 'imminent'

Cuban prospect Yasmani Tomas appears to be close to a decision.

The hour is approaching.

Yasmani Tomas, the latest Cuban prospect to be coveted by multiple Major League teams, will apparently be making a decision on where to sign very soon.

Tomas has been courted by the Royals, Orioles, Giants and A's, but the frontrunners have generally been considered to be the Phillies, who met with his agent earlier this week.

The team has refocused its efforts into rebuilding a youthful core, and a power-hitting 24-year-old outfielder with "way more power than (American League Rookie of the Year) Jose Abreu," according to his agent, would be a key cog in that process.

Tomas' Cuban numbers over five years have him with a .290 batting average and .504 slugging percentage. In the World Baseball Classic with Cuba, he punched two home runs and hit .375.

His deal was estimated early on to be in the range of $100 million, giving the Phillies an advantage over smaller market teams.