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UPDATE: November 28, 2014 11:00 am PT

According to CBS Sports‘ Chicago Cubs Pitcher Pedro Strop who was involved in a serious car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, has luckily escaped the crash with a minor injury, a cut on his left arm. It required stitches but Strop is obviously very lucky.

The right-hander, 29 had a 2.21 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and a 10.5 K/9 in 61 innings in 2014. Originally with the Baltimore Orioles he was traded to the Cubs in 2012.

Original Text: November 28, 2014

News on Yasmany Tomas, Yoenis Cespedes and Pedro Strop

Yasmany Tomas

Well, this isn’t exactly breaking news anymore but it happened Wednesday evening and with Thanksgiving yesterday – well, I didn’t get to write about it and I’m sure there are still a few people in the dark on this story.

Coveted Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas defected from Cuba last summer and worked hard to stay in shape for four months, until the rules allowed him to begin working out on a baseball field.

According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, he held a showcase less than a month later for all 30 MLB teams. Since then he’s held private workouts for Braves, D-backs, Dodgers, Mariners, Giants, Padres, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals.

Even still, the young defector had been linked to virtually every team in one way or another but as of a November 20th, Jon Heyman had reported that the fight for Tomas was down to four teams. Those were San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Just two days, later on November 22 Bleacher Report wrote that the front runners for the Cuban slugger were the Braves and the Padres. However, on Wednesday evening, Sanchez was the first to report a major surprise. Yasmany Tomas had signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As you can see the outfielder, who turned 24 just last week, will be making $68.5 million over six years. Tomas does, however, have an opt-out clause after four years. Tomas is a great match for the D-Backs whose outfield wasn’t so hot in 2013.

Mark Trumbo, who was brought over from the Los Angeles Angels prior to last season was in right and David Peralta in left. Two similar defensively challenged players with low on-base percentages. The only difference was that Trumbo has more power potential as Peralta.

In center the Diamondbacks’ had A.J. Pollock, who while a great defender, has just an ok bat. Tomas is an obvious up-grade for the D-Backs in either corner outfield position and will free the Diamondbacks up to possibly use some of their extra outfielders and bench players as trade chips.

Tomas has never played in a 162 game season which is taking a risk on the Diamondbacks side a bit. It may explain part of why he’ll only be making $11 million a year which is slightly below the league average.If he were playing on a team like the Oakland A’s though, he’d be their highest paid player.

Tomas played five seasons in Cuba with the Havana Industriales in the Serie Nacional in Cuba beginning in 2008 but he didn’t play everyday. In 2013 he played in 69 out of the 90-game in Cuba’s 90-game season. He missed the 2010-2011 season altogether and part of 2014.

Still in 205 total plate appearances, Tomas hit 30 home runs with 014 RBI. It will be interesting to see how he does in such a much longer season.

He’s supposedly in great shape though so if he doesn’t tire too much throughout the course of MLB’s 162 games he should put up some seriously good numbers. And be a huge help to the Diamondbacks as they try to get back on track after a disasterous 2014 season.

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes. Getty Images.
Yoenis Cespedes. Getty Images.

I had to make a note of this incident that happened on Wednesday night. There were rumors circulating widely on Twitter that Yoenis Cespedes had been traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Cincinnati Reds. Started by a highschool “reporter” by the name of Jake Wesley who goes by the Twitter handle @mlb_nl_al, the rumor spread quickly around the Twitter and some other social media sites.

The rumor was as we all now know untrue. Cespedes has NOT been traded to the Reds. However, this isn’t an impossible trade but it has NOT happened.

Since a 13-year-old and an 18-year-old broke the news of Billy Butler‘s deal with Oakland, it appears now that any kid with a computer believes that they too can break important MLB news. (Other teens have been right in the past including SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo who was 18 at the time of his first big break but it doesn’t mean believe everything you read)

Of course, this is not the case. Wesley retracted his statement, much too late for everyone who’s a baseball fanatic to not have already heard and questioned it. Wesley maintains that he still has sources everywhere in baseball and it was only his Cincinnati source that proved to be unreliable. I’m not sure that I believe this so read at your own risk!

However, be wary of what you read on Twitter. Just because teenagers broke one story doesn’t mean that they all have sources and will all be correct.

Now, if you hear a of a trade from someone with a verified account and a reliable track record such as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal or CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, do take that to be a trade that is on the horizon.

Pedro Strop

Pedro Strop. Brian Kersey/Getty Images.
Pedro Strop. Brian Kersey/Getty Images.

Chiacgo Cubs’ pitcher Pedro Strop was involved in a car crash in the Dominican Republic Thursday morning (I believe). This information was extremely alarming to everyone as these incidents of crashes in the Domican Republic have been making news in the U.S. frequently over the last two months.

Last month the St. Louis Cardinals’ Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were both killed in a serious car accident there. Also, just earlier this week Texas’ Rangers’ prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in an accident in which his car collided with a motorcycle whose rider was killed. 

Although Guzman was sober (Taveras was not) and the accident is said to be the fault of the motorcyclist, he is still being held in jail until a judge can clear him.

Thankfully, it has been reported that Strop and those involved in the accident are all alive. Beyond that not many details are known but at least these accidents are getting people to take notice of danger and unsafe conditions that can be found on the roads in the Domican Republican.    

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