Everyone in baseball knows that the Dodgers will be looking to upgrade their starting rotation this offseason, and the team is expected to be aggressive in doing so. One of their biggest targets is Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and he will be coming over to the United States soon after he is posted by his current club.
Yamamoto could give LA an ace-level pitcher for the next few years, and signing him would certainly help bolster the rotation for next season. LA is very high on him, and they are expected to push hard to land him.
The latest odds for the Japanese sensation came out, and the Dodgers are currently the favorites to sign him. They sit at +400 to land him according to BetOnline, and if this were to happen it would be a complete game changer for the team.
Right behind them is the New York Yankees at +500, then the New York Mets at +600. It has been reported that Yamamoto prefers to play in a big market, giving all three of these teams a leg up over others.
Rounding out the top five of the teams are the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, adding more fuel to the big market fire surrounding him. Yamamoto can’t go wrong with any of these teams if he wants to play in a big city, and it would force a bidding war to ensure.
There have been those who remain skeptical that the Dodgers will actually land Yamamoto due to what it will cost for his services. LA has been very careful with handing out big contracts to pitchers in the past, but this could be the time to change that.
This past year, Yamamoto went 16-6 with an ERA of 1.21 for his squad. He also struck out 169 batters over 164 innings of work.
Yamamoto is only 25 years old and would be an absolute weapon for the team in the starting rotation. Some believe that he is the best pitcher to come out of Japan, and LA should be all over trying to sign him.
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