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Yasmany Tomas is the hottest Cuban free agent this MLB offseason, but compatriot Yoan Moncada is another name that is drawing significant intrigue.
And the San Francisco Giants, vice president and assistant GM Bobby Evans confirmed, are paying close attention.
"Our interest is significant in both," Evans said in a radio interview on KNBR 680 Thursday morning.
Tomas, a 24-year old power righty, is expected to agree to a major league contract sooner rather than later and is said to be seeking contract figures on par with the seven-year, $72.5 million contract ($10.36M AAV) the Red Sox recently gave to Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.
"What that dollar figure is and how many years? We're clearly engaged in discussions, but we will have to see how his market develops," Evans said.
"It could end very soon, he's anxious to finish this up."
The Phillies, who were rumored to be frontrunners for Tomas' services, are backing off after a private workout resulted in concerns about his defense.
[RELATED: Report: Phillies cooling on Tomas]
"Tomas, we looked at as an outfielder," Evans said. "And I know he's worked out for clubs at third base. I wouldn't want to project him at the major league level at third base, he's not played there. So we've got a number of options in left field including our own Michael Morse. We've also got internal options if we decide to explore more options on the market relative to starting pitching."
The Giants, A's, Padres, Royals and Braves have all recently been linked to Tomas.
Moncada, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder who stands 6-foot and weighs 210 pounds, is a bit farther away. He does not possess enough professional experience to qualify for a major league contract, so whichever team takes the plunge will be required to sign him to a minor league deal.
The Giants are actively engaged with free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, but they might not wait to make a move elsewhere. Evans acknowledged that some of "these other situations could come to fruition before Pablo."