Ohtani charmed Yamamoto to spurn front-runner Yankees and join Dodgers, claims insider

Amanda Paula
Monday May 6, 2024

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The New York Yankees, currently one of the premier teams in MLB, found themselves months ago in contention for the acquisition of Los Angeles Dodgers’ star player, Yoshinobu Yamamoto. However, a twist of fate or perhaps a strategic maneuver by another player thwarted their chances of securing the coveted two-way superstar during the offseason.

Although it’s been some months since this episode, journalists have decided to bring this story up to the table and discuss it.

What happened?

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Despite their earnest endeavors, Yamamoto opted to ink a lucrative 12-year, $325 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to reports from USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale, either of the New York franchises might have clinched Yamamoto had it not been for the prior signing of Shohei Ohtani, another Japanese sensation, who sealed a monumental 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers just weeks before Yamamoto’s decision.

Insiders familiar with Yamamoto’s considerations revealed that the pitcher would have leaned towards the New York Yankees or Mets if not for Ohtani’s presence and persuasive efforts in recruiting him to the Dodgers.

Both the Yankees and Mets vigorously pursued the 25-year-old pitching ace, with the Mets extending an offer identical to the one Yamamoto eventually accepted with the Dodgers, while the Yankees tabled a formidable 10-year, $300 million proposal. Yamamoto himself expressed to The New York Post’s Joel Sherman, through a translator, that geographical location didn’t weigh heavily in his decision-making process. Instead, it was the Dodgers’ longstanding success and the positive organizational atmosphere that ultimately swayed his choice.

“I really got the impression that the Dodgers were very successful for a very long time,” Yamamoto said to Sherman through a translator. “And just that the atmosphere with the organization was really good.”

Reflecting on the situation, some analysts like NJ Advance Media’s Bob Klapisch suggested that Yamamoto may have strategically leveraged the Yankees’ interest while entertaining offers from the Mets, ultimately aligning himself with the Dodgers’ winning reputation.

Yamamoto’s performance since joining the Dodgers has certainly justified the staggering investment made in him. In seven starts spanning 34 innings, he has maintained an impressive 2.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, while also tallying an impressive 42 strikeouts.

In essence, while the Yankees harbored hopes of bolstering their roster with Yamamoto’s talent, the Dodgers’ allure, coupled with Ohtani’s influence, ultimately steered the course of MLB’s offseason drama, leaving New York’s baseball enthusiasts to ponder what might have been.

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One thought on “Ohtani charmed Yamamoto to spurn front-runner Yankees and join Dodgers, claims insider

  1. Why keep bringing this up? The fact is from most accounts is that the Yankees made an offer early on, never got a chance to make another. The only good thing about it, was that the Yankees made a legitimate offer to him.

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