The blue empty seats far outnumbered the occupied ones and, for that reason alone, the Phillies need to invest money in signing Cuban free agent outfielder Yasmani Tomas. They recently signed a $2.5 billion (that’s with “B”) contract with cable giant Comcast, whose corporate headquarters are located in Philadelphia, to do their games through the 2025 season.
The Phillies have two major sources of income: TV and seats sold. In order to bring up the income from seats sold, they need to loosen the purse strings on some of that TV money and sign good, young players. The Phillies have a big power hole in the outfield and the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Tomas would fill that hole. The money from the Comcast deal means the Phillies have the money to outbid anyone for Tomas and that they must do.
Tomas plays center field and his presence in the middle of the outfield defense would enable the Phils to hide Ben Revere’s noodle-like arm in left. He would also immediately be a power threat in home-run friendly Citizens Bank Park. Playing 80 games for Cuba’s Serie National team, he hit .298 with 20 homers. That projects to 40 homers at CBP.
If the Phillies want to see a sea of blue seats again next year, they can go out and sign guys as old as A.J. Burnett in the offseason or they can open up the checkbook and sign a young talent like Tomas. In business, you’ve got to spend money to make money and Tomas would be a wise investment of that TV money sitting in the bank right now collecting interest and dust.