The New York Yankees wanted to make significant changes this offseason. But they had to target superstar free agents to have a successful offseason. It would not be easy as it would have a serious impact on their payroll. But the NY side knew they had to take some risks this offseason. After all, they need to prove to their fans that they really want to do better.
The NY side will look good in their starting pitcher combo if they have Yoshinobu Yamamoto playing alongside Gerrit Cole. Clearly, the Yankees want to make amends after failing to make the playoffs this year. If they can finally land the Japanese superstar pitcher after acquiring Juan Soto, they can claim to have a successful offseason.
Yankees Are All Set To Meet With Yoshinobu Yamamoto Once Again
A few weeks ago, the 25-year-old Japanese met the Yankees in Las Vegas. It looked pretty promising for the Bronx. Anyhow, the latest rumors are that Yamamoto will be in town to have dinner at Steve Cohen’s house. Clearly, the Mets have a good chance to ruin the party for their city rivals. But MLB insider Andy Martino reports that Yoshinobu Yamamoto can again meet with the Pinstripes since he is in town. After the SNY reporter’s post on X, speculations are rising about the Yankee’s chances to land the Japanese ace free agent. Although it is not clear which MLB team will finally seal the deal, Yamamoto didn’t have a second meeting with any other team in the league.
Sources: Yamamoto expected to meet again with the Yankees while he’s in the area, could be as soon as today.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 17, 2023
As per the Bookies, it is a battle between the New York rivals to land the Japanese ace pitcher. But the Bookies say the Yankees are in the lead to seal the deal. Moreover, the Bronx Bombers have +175 odds. On the other hand, the Mets have +275 odds. In between the Pinstripes and the Mets, there’s the LA Dodgers with a +200 odds. Yamamoto might love to be part of the team alongside his countryman, Shohei Ohtani. Other teams who are in line to land Yamamoto are the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants.
Pinstripes Need To Redeem Themselves This Offseason
The Bronx Bombers had an awful season this year. They finished with an 82-80 record. Moreover, the NY franchise could not even qualify for the postseason. That’s why the Yankees needed to use this offseason to redeem themselves. Moreover, Brian Cashman said last month that they are looking for a couple of lefty outfielders and a quality pitcher in free agency. At present, they must be very happy with the outfielders they managed to acquire this offseason.
Clearly, landing Juan Soto for a year bolsters their offense greatly. Adding to that, the Yankees have Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham as new outfielders on their roster. But now, all eyes are on the quality pitcher they have been looking for a long time. That’s the Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto. However, several teams, including the city rivals the New York Mets, are in line to sign the 25-year-old Japanese pitcher. But the Yankees really need Yamamoto to get their starting pitchers ready.