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MLB Analyst Thinks Dodgers Could Sign Both Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto

The Dodgers have made it no secret that they are planning on going after two-way superstar free agent Shohei Ohtani, and they remain the frontrunners for his services. Ohtani is the biggest star in the game today and the Dodgers are expected to be aggressive in trying to land him.

The team has wanted him in Dodger Blue for some time now, and this is another chance for them to make it happen. They can offer him the best of both worlds — the financial compensation and the ability to win each season.

But in addition to Ohtani, the Dodgers remain interested in upgrading their starting rotation for next year. It is a clear need for LA, and they have been linked to multiple top-tier players this offseason. One of those is Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is expected to be posted from his club soon.

Now one MLB analyst believes that it may be looking like the Dodgers could land both Ohtani and Yamamoto this offseason.

“That’s what it looks like. Dodgers have been talking a lot of chips off the table.”

Per MLB Network

Yamamoto is seen by many as the best pitcher to come from Japan, and he would be a real game-changer for this LA starting rotation. He would give them an ace-level pitcher for the foreseeable future, and he would be someone to build around.

He is only 25 years old and has dominant stuff on the mound. Yamamoto also reportedly prefers to land on the West Coast, so his preference could end up benefitting the Dodgers.

If the Dodgers were to land both Ohtani and Yamamoto, it would be a major boost to their roster. Both are great players and they would give LA a very realistic chance to win the World Series, not only next season but going forward.

Fans have been asking for the team to go all-in for a while now, and this could be the year to do it. It remains to be seen if they land either one of them, but the hope is that LA lands both players when all is said and done.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. What would you write about if you didn’t copy stuff from writers who are making that stuff up.

  2. Once again, you and all the staff writers that get it wrong every year have no clue what will actually happen, just speculation based on speculation. I’m gonna go on record and say they won’t land both and very possibly may land neither (as much a guess as yours but based on history, I’m more likely correct).

    1. Look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Living only my life just let me be. Dodgers I believe you will make it happen.

  3. In regard’s to the common mentality. They’re is nothing common about sport’s. I believe it when I see it but I ain’t surprised. That’s how spectacular the entertainment industry is. It’s systematic. Bring Ohtani and Yamamoto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s what Hollywood is about. The best there is anywhere.

  4. Well find out more as we get closer to the Winter Meetings. They could use a LHP in the rotation as well.

  5. The Dodgers have a habit of making big splashes in the free agent market. Here and there that is. Trevor Bauer. Kevin Brown, Freddie Freeman, Mookie (prior to free agency), Greinke, Rafael Furcal, Kuroda, Ryu, Kirk Gibson. The way the Bauer situation turned out; things could have been way different with him. And —a bunch of our own. Kenley, Justin, Clayton, etc. This could be our year to make the BIG splash. We can go all in for both Ohtani and Yamamoto. I would not be surprised if Friedman gets both. We would still be WAY under the salary cap. He can set up Ohtani for big paydays down the road if his arm comes back. The Japanese people are very driven by honor (too bad more people in the US are not). Base his future salary increases on innings and throw in a few award perks. Give him an opt out in three years. With him DH’ing and pitching ? 40 mil per starting in ’25 for doing both.

  6. If they had a rotation of Yamamoto, Buehler, Miller, Pepiot and Sheehan they would be very succulent. I think Frasso, Knack,Grove and Stone will be competing for a spot also.

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