The New York Yankees may end up having one more massive move up their sleeves this offseason.
New York already has shocked the baseball world by bringing in superstar slugger Juan Soto. The Yankees seemingly aren’t done yet and have been heavily pursuing young star Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
It’s unclear where Yamamoto will land, but the Yankees are considered “co-favorites” to land him this offseason, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman.
“Speculation, again this is speculation, is that (Yamamoto) would like the big stage,” Heyman said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a big team and the Yankees and the Dodgers I’m going to put them as co-favorites at the moment. Don’t hold me to it because you know he could decide whatever he wants to do between those seven teams but the Yankees and Dodgers I think are the favorites at this point.”
Speculation about Yamamoto’s future won’t slow down until he ultimately signs on the dotted line. The 25-year-old has been one of the most intriguing free agents in recent memory and has had an extremely large market.
When he ultimately does sign a deal, there’s a chance that it ends up being one of the largest free-agent deals for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history — not including two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.
New York needs to continue to build the starting rotation and has been aiming for a top-tier arm. Yamamoto is the top arm available and it sounds like New York is going to do everything it can to land him.