The Phillies have made a formal contract offer. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Matt Gelb of The Athletic writes:. Conditions not reported, but Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer I wrote earlier in the week that the club plans to be aggressive in acquiring the NPB star.
It’s notable, if not surprising, that the Phillies put a formal offer on the table. Nevertheless, both Gelb and Coffey have indicated that the offer from the Phillies is unlikely to be the highest Yamamoto will receive. Gelb added that team officials aren’t sure how much interest the pitcher has in Philadelphia.
All of this is in line with previous reports that the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Blue Jays and Red Sox are all relatively favorites among the seven remaining finalists. Yamamoto did not stop in Philadelphia as part of his North American tour, instead meeting with club officials in Los Angeles.
Of course, the starting point for most free agents is financial. If the Phillies’ offer falls short of the highest bid, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him sign elsewhere. Philadelphia doesn’t necessarily need a starting pitcher.5 front pieces zach wheeler, Aaron Nola, ranger suarez, Taijuan Walker and Christopher Sanchez is strong.Outlook Mick Abel He could be in the mix mid-season. Even though there was no question that adding NPB’s best pitcher would improve the group, other teams may feel more urgency to stay on top of the market.
The Dodgers are reportedly considering offers between $250 million and $300 million. Andy Martino of SNY Last night, the Mets said they were putting together a “very serious offer” of their own. Most or all of the seven clubs the 25-year-old has recently met with could make offers this week.
Yamamoto has until the evening of January 4 to sign the agreement. He is not expected to wait very long. There is speculation that he will make a decision by the end of the week, but that is not guaranteed.John Heyman of the New York Post tweeted One executive involved in the bid expected Mr. Yamamoto to sign by Christmas, while another suggested it could be debated until just before the end of the year.