One of the biggest free agents on the open market this winter will be Japanese superstar pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. He hasn’t officially been posted to come to the United States just yet, but it is expected that he will shortly.
He has teams buzzing all over with his skill set, and the Dodgers are one of the teams that are interested in his services. Yamamoto is being called the best pitcher to come over from Japan, and that is saying something with all of the talent that we have seen over the years.
LA is no stranger to signing international talent, and this could be another example of that. It is being rumored that teams could end up bidding very heavily to land Yamamoto, and rightfully so.
MLB insider Jim Bowden of The Athletic put out his annual free agent contract predictions, so we finally have some idea of what Yamamoto could be getting on the open market this winter.
“Contract prediction: Seven years, $211 million: Yoshinobu Yamamoto certainly raised eyebrows in the World Baseball Classic in March, but since then his value has skyrocketed; teams now view him as a No. 1 or No. 2 starter, someone who could step into any rotation and record double-digit wins and an ERA below 3.00. He’s special and going to be paid like it.”Per Jim Bowden of The Athletic
Many teams across Major League Baseball will be vying for his services, but the Dodgers figure to be one of the biggest suitors for him. They can afford the salary that he will get paid, and it has been reported that he favors playing in a bigger market.
Landing a starter like Yamamoto could be a game-changer for the Dodgers, and he would instantly upgrade their starting rotation. He could be one of their top-line starters for years to come, and since he is still only 25 years old, there is room to grow as well.
If they can sign Yamamoto, it would go a long way to helping their starting pitching issues. Fans want the team to be aggressive in landing him, and the hope is that LA does just that this winter.
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