The New York Yankees have been in pursuit of Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto since the start of the season and will have to do their best to land him in the Bronx as stiff competition from other franchises threatens their chances.
According to Jim Bowden, the Boston Red Sox recently made Yamamoto a $300 million offer, matching that of the San Francisco Giants, who are also in the mix to land the standout RHP:The Yankees have been active in strengthening their roster this fall. They managed to get star Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres and made other acquisitions that strengthened their lineup.Pairing Yamamoto with reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole would make the Yankees pitching staff one of the best in MLB, especially since several other pitchers are poised to recover from injuries in 2023, such as Nestor Cortes Jr. and Carlos Rodón. If Yamamoto were to sign a $300 million deal that the Yankees are expected to offer to counter the Giants and Red Sox, that would be one of the ten highest free agent deals in MLB history, depending on how many years both sides reach an agreement . ON. Three of the biggest belong to Cole, Aaron Judge and former Yankees MVP Alex Rodriguez, proving that owner Hal Steinbrenner isn’t afraid to spend a fortune to build a championship contender. While this is a huge offer for a player who has yet to showcase his qualities in the Majors, Steinbrenner has made it clear throughout the offseason that he doesn’t need to exceed the $300 million annual salary cap for the Yankees to become a threat to the Yankees. to make a World Series. The Yankees’ policy might say otherwise when free agency is said and done.Yamamoto is a hot commodity that many franchises are drooling over when they get the chance to bring him on board. Reports have emerged that Shohei Ohtani will be a major force in his bid to lure his compatriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Kodai Senga has been named as an active participant in doing the same for the New York Mets.The Giants and Red Sox have the market and a winning history that the Yankees will have to overcome to turn their roster into a juggernaut once again. Share: