The free agent market this season will be very light in the power hitter department. Hanley Ramirez is the most accomplished power threat, however, Cuban-born Yasmani Tomas is the biggest X-factor in the free agent market.
Tomas is prolific power hitter in his native Cuba, and has played five seasons in the Serie Nacional professional league, despite being just 23. His youth and power potential will make him the one of the most sought after free agents, despite the fact he has never played a game in the United States.
When a player with Tomas' ability and potential hits the market, one would expect the usual suspects to be involved in negotiations. According to Peter Gammons, that prediction is correct. The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers are all considered to be early front-runners for the powerful Cuban. However, according to the same article, Gammons mentioned that the San Diego Padres are interested as well. Those San Diego Padres?
The Padres are typically not a team that is involved in any big-name free agent contracts. The Padres signed reclamation project Josh Johnson and reliever Joaquin Benoit to free agent deals totaling $23.5 million last season.