Yankees vs. Mets: Who Will Land Yoshinobu Yamamoto?November 25, 2023
The Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization have posted Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Now, there is a 45-day period for negotiations to begin. Yamamoto, the 25-year-old right-hander, is expected to spark a bidding war between the Mets and the Yankees. Last season, he recorded an impressive ERA of 1.21 in 23 starts, with only two home runs allowed throughout the year. Despite his smaller size, talent evaluators see him as a top pitcher with a powerful fastball and a variety of breaking pitches. His accolades, including three ERA titles and two no-hitters, make him a highly sought-after free agent. It is anticipated that his contract could exceed $200 million, and he is considered the best pitcher to come out of Japan since Masahiro Tanaka. The Mets and Yankees are both eager to sign him, with each team having its own potential advantages. However, in the end, it may come down to who offers the most money. Both teams are also focusing on building and strengthening their rotations for the upcoming season.