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Yoshinobu Yamamoto is officially an MLB free agent. His NPB team, Orix Buffaloes, completed the player posting process last week, thus allowing the ace pitcher to explore the MLB market. Since then, the starter has received intense attention from several teams, including the New York Yankees.

The Bronx Bombers, in particular have set eyes on Yoshinobu Yamamoto for a while now. They view him as an apt solution for rotational woes. However, Yamamoto’s tantrums since being posted forced the Yankees to take bold steps. Moreover, if recent rumors are to be believed, the front office has issued a final ultimatum to the ace pitcher to decide on his future in the Bronx.


Yankees Urge Yoshinobu Yamamoto To Decide On Future Within Set Deadline!

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Needless to say, the New York Yankees have not one but many roster holes, which were vividly exposed during the 2023 MLB season. Thus, the front office is expected to stay active during the upcoming free agency. Having said that, their prime target is Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Yamamoto, known for his impressive repertoire and standout performances in NPB, has been a hot commodity in the offseason’s international market. And the Yanks, keen on fortifying their pitching staff, identified Yamamoto as a key target to address their rotation needs. However, owing to the pitcher’s delay in negotiation proceedings, the Bombers have reportedly opted for tough measures.

In a surprising turn of events, the New York Yankees have reportedly issued an ultimatum to Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The ultimatum suggests a sense of urgency and a firm stance from the Yankees in their pursuit of the highly-touted pitcher. The specifics of the ultimatum remain undisclosed, but such directives in baseball negotiations typically involve setting a deadline for the player to accept a contract offer or agree to terms. One of the many factors responsible for the ultimatum could be the Yanks’ need to address other roster needs. Undoubtedly, Yamamoto is a key piece. But he alone won’t make the Bombers a championship-caliber team. The club still needs outfielders and offensive contributors to balance the lineup. Thus, Yamamoto’s delay is stalling their other off-season plans. That could have driven the Yanks to issue an ultimatum to Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto Offers Negotiation Timeline To Interested Teams!

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Buffaloes pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto is 7-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 11 starts. | KYODO

Earlier this week, rumors suggested that Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s agency had conveyed a message to the interested teams regarding the pitcher’s negotiation schedule. As per the schedule, the teams can contact the ace pitcher via Zoom call. They can pitch their offer, and subsequently, the ace will make a final list of suitors. Once the list is finalized, Yamamoto will visit the USA to hold in-person meetings.

Now, this process could take weeks. And as far as the New York Yankees are concerned, they have to make decisions swiftly. The winter meeting is happening next week, leaving Bombers with limited time. This reason could have also contributed to the Yanks’ decision to issue a deadline to the ace pitcher. Still, the rumors are unconfirmed as of this writing.