Ironically, the Yankees dodge big deals while the Dodgers earn them
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If any die-hard Yankee aficionado could peer into a crystal ball, they might sing a different tune following the postseason debacle. Alas, their hopes were dashed in the off-season. Conversely, the Los Angeles Dodgers are riding a sound wave.
Brian Cashman, the brains behind the New York Yankees, has yet to make too many moves. While snatching up Alex Verdugo and Juan Soto seemed promising, they were anything but ordinary.
Rumor has it that Cashman might be eyeing a new addition to the Bronx: Cody Bellinger. Is he Yankee material? He has bagged an MVP title and still has some tricks up his sleeve.
Yankees dodging to the Dodgers
Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the cream of the crop in free agency for pitchers, has inked a 12-year, $325 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is the most significant pitching contract in the annals of the MLB, slightly exceeding Gerrit Cole’s $324 million deal with the Yankees. Yamamoto had been on the radar for MLB teams since being posted by Japan’s Orix Buffaloes earlier in the off-season and has fetched his ex-NPB team a posting fee of more than $50 million from the Dodgers.
The bidding war for Yamamoto gained momentum in December, with the Dodgers, Yankees, and Mets vying for his services. In the end, Yamamoto opted to join forces with fellow countryman Shohei Ohtani in LA. Ohtani recently penned a groundbreaking $700 million deal with the Dodgers, paving the way for further spending. Reportedly, Yamamoto’s deal includes no deferrals and boasts a $50 million signing bonus, with opt-outs after 2029 and 2031, although it’s somewhat backloaded.
The Mets matched the Dodgers’ $325 million offer, while the Yankees fell short with a $300 million bid.
At 25, Yamamoto boasts an impressive resume from his time in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, where he clinched the Eiji Sawamura Award three times and earned five All-Star nods. CBS Sports hailed Yamamoto as the second-best free agent this season, highlighting his stellar track record and exceptional pitching prowess.
His deal with the Dodgers eclipsed Masahiro Tanaka’s record for the most lucrative contract given to a Japanese pitcher, doubling Tanaka’s seven-year, $155 million pact with the Yankees in 2014.
Joining the Dodgers alongside Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman, Yamamoto bolsters an already formidable lineup, priming the team for another shot at the World Series.
As for the Yankees, the question remains: Can they reel in a big fish?
Yankees stars pushed team to sign former Padres ace this offseason
Yankees faithful are eager to see Blake Snell don the pinstripes alongside Gerrit Cole, forming a dynamic duo. Snell’s experience in the AL East with the Rays makes him a coveted addition. However, reports suggest the Yankees’ offer exceeds Snell’s expectations.
Cole and Aaron Judge have endorsed Snell’s signing, but financial discrepancies may hinder the deal. While Judge and Snell share a camaraderie, financial constraints, including Carlos Rodon’s hefty contract, could pose obstacles. Yet, there’s a glimmer of hope that Snell might take a pay cut to chase a championship, following the Dodgers’ playbook.
In the realm of baseball speculation, Snell’s destination remains uncertain. He could opt for a shorter deal with a higher annual average value (AAV), mirroring recent trends seen with the Dodgers and other teams.
At this juncture, the destination for the talented left-handed pitcher remains anyone’s guess.
Thus, the Yankees are at a crossroads as the hot stove league heats up. While the Dodgers bask in their monumental acquisitions, the Bronx Bombers grapple with the challenge of landing a marquee player.
In baseball’s ever-evolving landscape, fortunes can shift with the wind. For now, the Dodgers reign supreme, their roster a testament to ambition and financial might. As for the Yankees, their pursuit of greatness continues, the path fraught with uncertainties and possibilities. Only time will reveal the outcome of this high-stakes game.