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Red Sox’s Earth-Shaking Overhaul Signals Serious Intent to Pursue Japanese Ace, Setting Stage for Fierce Bidding War With Archrival Yankees

Published 10/10/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The New York Yankees’ arch-nemesis has been nothing short of fierce. After their elimination from the playoffs, they are on a spree of making radical decisions. Be it planning to onboard new players or letting go of sub-par employees, the Boston Red Sox is making some brutal choices. With that, their recent actions signal one strong pitching pursuit. 

 For the Red Sox, Japanese players have worked out a great deal. With that in mind, the Sox aim at having another on board. Amidst the chatter of who their choice would be, one in particular stands out. Their intention to improve communication between the Japanese stars and coaching staff has spoken volumes about their next drastic step. 

Dismissing Big Names, Boston Red Sox Is On A Mission

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In a couple of recent tweets by podcaster @tylermilliken_, it was revealed that BoSox has majorly shaken up the coaching staff. As the organization attempts resurgence after finishing last in the AL for the third time in four seasons, pitching coach Dave Bush and third-base coach Carlos Febles were dismissed on Monday. 

Bush was a former pitcher with 9 years of experience with the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He has been a part of the Sox since 2020. As an aftermath of their decision, Bush told MassLive.com, “Disappointed is probably the best way to put it”.

According to @BGlobeSports, owing to the apparent communication gap between outfielder Masataka Yoshida and his translator, they plan on hiring a new one this coming year. The new translator will probably replace Keiichiro Wakabayashi in 2024, who is the incumbent translator. Not only with this improve the ongoing communication of present Japanese members, but will also cushion the potential newbie. A rigorous firing spree indeed. 

This says something about the Red Sox’s plan. They are revamping the pitching segment of their team to get back at their rivals, the Yankees. It is more than just a coincidence that the firing happened while Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to become a free agent soon.

As per rumors, they are setting the stage to have this ace pitcher ease into the team. Potentially a strong contender for the Yanks. What’s so special about him, anyway?  

The New Guiding Star For Red Sox, Yoshinobu Yamamoto

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It’s time to shed light on the 25-year-old Yoshinobu Yamamoto and his quantified worth. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports claims that he could get a contract for more than $160 million this offseason. He will likely have a sizable market. With the BoSox in dire need of improved pitching, no wonder that they are hungry for this 2X Pacific League MVP. 

Boston has a decent financial stance, so it would not burden the team to sign this potential contract. The Red Sox will probably make at least one significant splash this winter as they aim to return to the postseason.

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With the fact that he boasts a 1.75 ERA over seven professional seasons and is only 25 years old, Yamamoto would be the ideal candidate for a significant investment. With that, the Red Sox might stand tall and strong against the Yankees. 

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Kanishka Prakash

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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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Deepanshi Bajaj