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Phils hold workout with Cuban outfielder Tomas

PHILADELPHIA -- Get used to hearing in the offseason how the Phillies need a big bat or two.

The Phillies held a private workout Monday with Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, who could be a fit. He is projected as a power bat, which the Phillies sorely need. They entered Friday's game against the Braves just 12th in the National League with a .666 OPS and 12th with a .364 slugging percentage.

Manager Ryne Sandberg spoke to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. about the Cuban slugger this week.

"He thought he was interesting," Sandberg said. "He wasn't sure how things were going to work out ... but there was some interest there."

The bidding for Tomas could be intense. Some have speculated he could fetch more than $100 million, although if he produces like many think it could be a relative bargain, considering he is just 23.

"Another power bat, that would be very good," Sandberg said. "Four or five of them would be ideal."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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