Winter meetings start next week, and knowing which teams are in play for which players is important. In a recent interview with Dodgers Nation’s own Doug McKain, Bob Nightengale revealed who he believes is still in on one of the biggest free agent names in Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
“I think it’s down to the Dodgers, Yankees and Mets. I have a hard time believing it’ll be anyone else.”Bob Nightengale Via Dodgers Nation YouTube Channel
As for how much he’ll make.
“It’ll certainly pass $200 million. I think he’ll be the highest free agent pitcher out there. I think he’ll beat Blake Snell. But yeah, everybody wants this guy.”Bob Nightengale Via Dodgers Nation YouTube Channel
At this stage in free agency, everyone knows that Yoshinobu Yamamato sits atop the pitching market. Since he is 25 years old, he could stabilize a rotation for years to come. However, his services, as Nightengale points out, will not come cheaply, as 25-year-old pitchers with elite stuff do not grow on trees, and they certainly do not hit free agency very often. With the way posting fees work, only teams that have the capital, and the desire, to pay them will stay in on Yamamoto.
Below is a quick breakdown of posting fees:
- $0 – $25MM accrues a flat 20% fee
- – $25MM – $50MM accrues the flat 20% fee for the first $25MM and an additional %17.5 fee for each dollar over $25MM
- – $50MM+ accrues the same fees as above plus an additional %17.5 fee for each dollar over $50MM
This makes Nightengale’s theory of the Dodgers, Yankees, and Mets vying for Yamamoto make sense. All three of these teams have the financial flexibility to sign Yamamoto. Additionally, they have the financial backing to pay the posting fee.
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