The biggest free agent not named Shohei Ohtani in this year’s class is Japanese superstar Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Yamamoto has dominated over in the NPB for the last few seasons, including winning three straight Sawamura awards, their version of the Cy Young.
Now, Yamamoto is coming over to play in the MLB, and on Friday, we got a huge update on his status, per Buster Olney of ESPN.
Olney said that Yamamoto is expected to be posted on Monday, Nov. 20, meaning the 45-day negotiating window for teams will start on Tuesday.
The Dodgers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in pursuing Yamamoto, as he has untapped potential and is just 25 years old.
Yamamoto could be a front-line starter in the MLB for years to come, and many are expecting him to sign a massive deal for upwards of $200 million.
While Ohtani is the best overall player on this free agent market, Yamamoto may be the best pitcher. And with seemingly every team needing starting pitching this offseason, expect an all-out battle for his services.
It’s been reported that Yamamoto has a preference to play on the West Coast, but starting next week, we’ll see how much truth there is to that statement.
The Dodgers seem to want Yamamoto. And starting next week, they’ll have their shot to make it a reality.
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