Yoshinobu Yamamoto has found his new home.
The Dodgers will pay an additional $50.6 million for the posting fee, Passan adds.
The 25-year-old received a similar 12-year, $325-million offer from the New York Mets, sources told The Athletic’s Will Sammon. The New York Yankees also offered him $300 million over an undisclosed number of years, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.
Yamamoto’s deal is the largest for a pitcher in MLB history, beating Gerrit Cole’s free-agent pact with the New York Yankees by $1 million. The contract also includes a pair of opt-out clauses for Yamamoto, according to Passan.
The three-time Eiji Sawamura award winner – Japan’s Cy Young equivalent – comes to North America after a tremendous seven-year career with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball, where he authored a 75-30 record with a 1.72 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 967 2/3 innings.
He’ll join a stacked Dodgers team that already spent $700 million on Shohei Ohtani and inked flamethrower Tyler Glasnow to a four-year, $110-million contract extension after acquiring him in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dodgers’ projected rotation
Dodgers’ projected lineup
The Mets, Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and Toronto Blue Jays all showed interest in Yamamoto at various points in the offseason.