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Yoshinobu Yamamoto Officially Posted: Which MLB Team Has Maximum Chances to Land the Japanese Ace?

Published 11/20/2023, 8:58 PM EST

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The day has finally come for the MLB teams to battle it out for Yoshinobu Yamamoto. His parent club, Orix Buffaloes, has posted the Japanese sensation on the trade window. It has also marked the start of intense days in the baseball circle, with multiple teams ready to splurge money to have him in their squad, which could be a few hundred million dollars.

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Undoubtedly, it is a colossal sum. However, Yamamoto’s success with experience justifies the cost. Having played for years and won multiple awards for his club and country, the young pitcher is a perfect signing for any team. Plus, his age nullifies the high cost of signing, expected to be $200 million as teams can benefit from his signing for years. Understandably, the MLB teams also know this, hence the competition. But, as only one can have him on the squad, which team has the best chance to sign the player?

Teams Get 45 Days to Fight for Yoshinobu Yamamoto as His MLB Posting Becomes Official


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It’s quite a journey for any baseball player from Japan to sign for the MLB because many factors are involved. One is that the move needs to be completed in 45 days, and if not, the concerned player has to spend time at the parent club for the next season.

The same is the story for Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who has made it to the MLB posting but has to decide within the next six weeks to cherish his MLB dream. As per the renowned MLB insider Joel Sherman, the MLB has notified teams about this case.


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He shared, “Yoshinobu Yamamoto has been posted, and MLB clubs have been notified.  The window begins at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on November 21. The signing Club must submit terms no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on January 4, 2024.”

Given that the Japanese star has all the skills to shine in the MLB, the coming 40 odds would be a battle for the future. Notably, almost every team has shown its desire for this deal. But given the odds, are there any favorites in this race?

Which Team Has an Edge in the Race to Sign Yamamoto?

Both teams from New York had openly expressed a desire to sign the player. Even weeks before Yamamoto’s posting. It was visible in personal visits to Japan from the club officials, including Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees, to assess the player. The New York Mets were not behind and had multiple scouts analyzing the player. This made it a two-way battle, but all changed, with Boston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis coming into the mix.

Due to this, multiple options have emerged for Yamamoto to put his signature. However, is there any team who could get a preference from the player? Well, it seems, this is the case. Notably, multiple players are plying their trade in the MLB. It includes Kodai Senga and Lars Nootbar. Incidentally, both are friends with Yamamoto and can affect the deal.


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From the recent updates, Senga is eager to have his Japanese teammate as a partner at the Mets. He has also notified the club of this. It adds to the Mets’ resolve of signing Yamamoto. With a lot of money to spend, they can fulfill all his demands and sign him up for the future. Plus, the common agent between the two Japanese aces also pulls the 25-year-old pitcher toward the Mets.

It also gives them an edge over the closest competitor, the New York Yankees, who lost a trade last season for the same reason. Although Lars Nootbar was seen golfing with Yamamoto, it does not feel he can help his team, the Cardinals in this. The reason is their recent struggles and limited resources.


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The same is the story for the Boston Red Sox, who could not perform well and are looking for constructive changes. Thus, they might not want to spend on a single player and may lose out on the race. As the Dodgers are looking for Shohei Ohtani, the move for Yamamoto looks unlikely. Thus, the Mets seem to be the favorites in this race.
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Written by:

Saurabh Saini


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“Everything happens for a reason." Surprisingly, it has held true for my career in sports. I've cherished sports since my teenage years, and my passion has guided me through the journey of sports journalism, a venture that began years ago.
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Deepanshi Bajaj