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MLB rumors: Giants out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto as at least one bid hits $300M, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets favorites

MLB rumors: Giants out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto as at least one bid hits $300M, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets favorites

The offseason remains relatively slow for Major League Baseball and we’re entering the “holiday break” zone where generally not a lot of stuff happens around Christmas and the New Year. There is still plenty of unfinished business, however, so maybe this year will be different and the stove will actually get hot again. 

In the meantime, let’s dive into the latest rumors, starting with the guy who could help jar things loose by signing. 

Latest on Yoshinobu Yamamoto

While it’s not yet decision time for the coveted right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto — the top free-agent starting pitcher on the market this offseason — the time draws near. Per posting rules, he has 45 days to make his decision, and that comes to a deadline of Jan. 4. Jon Morosi reports that Yamamoto has at least one offer worth $300 million or more, which is in line with recent expectations for the scale of contract he’ll fetch. 

As for the teams chasing him, Yamamoto took an important step on Thursday evening. According to Alex Pavlovic, Yamamoto has informed the San Francisco Giants that he’ll not be signing with them. As well, Ben Nicholson-Smith adds that the Blue Jays are “not expected” to land Yamamoto. 

Elsewhere, the Phillies have made a formal offer to Yamamoto, per multiple reports ( Reports indicate the Phillies feel like they made a strong offer, though they also aren’t expected to be the high bidder and aren’t the favorites to sign him. It’s not known where the Phillies’ offer is for $300 million or more. 

One of the few big free agent deals we’ve seen accepted so far this offseason came from the Phillies, as they re-signed starting pitcher Aaron Nola to a seven-year, $172 million deal. 

In looking at their current rotation, Yamamoto would make the Phillies utterly stacked. They already have Nola, Zack Wheeler, Ranger Suárez, Taijuan Walker and Christopher Sánchez. If they signed Yamamoto, Suárez put together a full season of which he looks capable and Nola returned to form after a down 2023, they’d have four frontline starters. Walker has been an All-Star before. 

The Phillies have stiff competition here, though. The Dodgers, Yankees and Mets are involved in the bidding and widely considered to be the frontrunners, as Mark Feinsaid notes,while teams like the Red Sox and Blue Jays have also been mentioned. As noted above, though, the Blue Jays are reportedly not in…

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