The Phillies Are Still In On Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Despite Signing Nola
The common consensus coming into the off-season was that the Phillies would land one of the big-name MLB Free Agent Starting Pitchers. They have already accomplished that by resigning Aaron Nola to a 7-year $172 Million deal. Most thought that meant the Phillies were done in the starting pitcher market. Not so fast. Because today Yoshinobu Yamamoto was posted, and the Phillies are still expected to be very invested in landing one of the most exciting pitchers on the market, according to Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
[Source: Alex Coffey]
Coming into the offseason no one really expected the Phillies to be in on him at all. The Phillies have never really looked into that market. But late last week the word became not only were the Phillies interested, they were one of the most interested teams. Apparently, they had sent more scouts than anyone else.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto has officially been posted, which opens up a 45-day window for teams to put in bids to sign him, which includes a posting fee sent to his team in Japan. The window starts tomorrow at 8 am and ends January 4th. A deal can be agreed to at any time within that window. But if no deal is reached by the end of that window, he returns to his team in Japan.
It would certainly be a significant splash. It would give them a rotation of Zack Wheeler, Nola, Yamamoto, Ranger Suarez, and Taijuan Walker. That would easily be one of the best starting rotations in the league.
Dave Dombrowski is known for being bold. Coming off two straight playoff exits, no one expected him to stand pat. But this would be bolder than anyone expected from him. Alex Coffey did add in her article that the Phillies aren’t expected to be in on any of the other starters. So it is specifically Yoshinobu Yamamoto they are in on, which makes sense given he is 5 years younger than any other pitcher available.
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