Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, who won four Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) championships in three consecutive years, will apply for a posting with the Major League Baseball office on Nov. 21. On the 22nd, he will begin negotiations with all 30 major league clubs.굿모닝토토 도메인
Which team will sign Yamamoto, who is considered the No. 2 free agent after Shohei Ohtani? Ohtani can only play as a hitter next year, so Yamamoto is the biggest free agent pitcher.
According to the US media, the battle for Yamamoto has been narrowed down to the Dodgers and Yankees. The Dodgers and Yankees are the two “rich clubs” that can realistically afford to spend more than $200 million.
The Yankees, in particular, have reportedly been active in their pursuit of Yamamoto, sending a senior club official to Japan during the season to watch him pitch.
Yamamoto went 16-6 with a 1.21 ERA this season. He struck out 169 batters in 164 innings pitched.
Yamamoto reportedly traveled to the United States with his family on the 15th.
Meanwhile, Lee is also expected to apply for posting later this month.
His asking price is reportedly at least $50 million to $90 million in total.
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly the most active team in the race to sign Lee.