While the offensive options are flowing in the market, the market for pitchers is shrinking as of this writing. Blake Snell, the only top impending free agent in the pitching department, is yet to confirm his availability. Thus, the options are shrinking for the New York Yankees, who desperately need an anchor for their starting rotation in 2024.
Gerrit Cole is done leading the rotation alone, and Carlos Rodon will hopefully live up to his role in 2024. Still, the five-man rotation is incomplete, with multiple vacant spots. To further fill those spots, the Yankees will have to seek outside help, and a Japanese ace has just received clearance to join MLB in 2024. It is a blessing for the Bombers, and the fans demand swift action for the same.
Orix Buffaloes Formally Announce Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s MLB Switch In 2024!
Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the highly touted Japanese pitcher, is all set to enter MLB free agency this winter. Orix Buffaloes, the ace’s current team, made an official announcement after their Game 7 loss to the Hanshin Tigers in the Japan Series. Buffaloes informed via their social media website that Yamamoto will be transferred to MLB after the necessary processes are done. This comes as pleasant news for the Yankees, who are actively seeking the pitcher. For the past many weeks, the Bronx Bombers have remained linked to Yamamoto after Brian Cashman made a trip to Japan to scout the pitcher. Thus, as soon as Orix’s announcement became public, the Yankee fans thronged social media to appeal to Hal Steinbrenner.
NEWS: The Orix Buffaloes will post Yoshinobu Yamamoto for @MLB teams, per official club announcement released moments after the Game 7 loss.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2023
The next step is the formal declaration of the posting window, which could happen in the coming days.
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The Yankee fanbase simply values Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s skills and understands the potential he carries. Thus, the supporters feel that the Japanese can end the Yankees’ pitching woes and help Gerrit Cole script history. They want to see him don the pinstripes in 2024 and have appealed to the Bomber’s front office to move swiftly and stake claim before competition swoops in. Yamamoto’s pursuit won’t be easy for Yanks to accomplish. But the right contract for the right price should do the job. Rumors have it that Hal Steinbrenner saved up $200 million for Yamamoto to lure him during free agency. However, it remains to be seen if the ace pitcher settles for that amount. He has been in the baseball business long enough to know his worth.
Welcome to The Bronx! https://t.co/luBIzdJf0t— WM (@APTeacher1754) November 5, 2023
Yankees’ Most Sought After Pitcher Dazzles In Game 6 Of Japan Series!
Meanwhile, Yoshinobu Yamamoto continues to impress in the Japan series. With the Orix Buffaloes down by 3-2 in the Japan series, the team turned to Yamamoto to save the series somehow. The Japanese ace delivered under pressure and produced an awe-inspiring comeback. He threw a record 138 pitches and struck out as many as 14 hitters to record a complete game.
He solely helped Buffaloes level the series 3-3 to force a Game 7. Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s efforts are being widely applauded. The Yankees fans are over the moon seeing his form. They are confident of Brian Cashman pulling off the unthinkable. However, eyeing Cashman’s record, nothing can be ruled out here. The fans mustn’t forget that competition is brewing as well.