MLB Free Agency: Dodgers land Yoshinobu Yamamoto

As if signing the two time American League MVP Shohei Ohtani wasn’t enough the Dodgers officially dominated the offseason signing top pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto in MLB Free Agency. The Dodgers inked the Japanese ace to a 12 year 325 million dollar deal. The Dodgers will have the two biggest Japanese stars potentially in the history of baseball for the next 10+ years.

After losing to the division rival Diamondbacks the Dodgers have used MLB Free Agency to load up on talent to make deep playoff runs for the next decade. In MLB Free Agency the Dodgers signed Shohei Ohtani maybe the games greatest talent and Yamamoto one of the most dominant pitchers in the History of the NPB. They also traded for a CY Young candidate in Tyler Glasnow creating a trio of Ohtani, Yamamoto, and Glasnow as soon as 2025 once Ohtani recovers from elbow surgery.

The Dodgers have created a baseball version of showtime like the Lakers becoming the premier team to watch in Baseball. The Dodgers have three MVP’s in Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Shohei Ohtani. They have aces you’d pay to go see and never regret it in Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Shohei Ohtani, and Tyler Glasnow. Add in up and comer James Outman and underrated players like Gavin Lux and Will Smith and you have one of the most entertaining teams in baseball history.

MLB Free Agency: What’s Next for the losers?

This should officially kick start MLB Free Agency for many of the leagues biggest teams as so far this off season has been quiet.

The New York Yankees were one of the teams in the Yamamoto sweepstakes and while Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo were nice additions the Yankees still like pitching after losing Luis Severino to the Mets and trading Michael King to the Padres. The Yankees could look to familiar friend Jordan Montgomery or Blake Snell to add a clear number two to their rotation behind Gerrit Cole. The Yankees certainly need to fill holes in MLB Free Agency, they’ve added production hitting but, they lost Severino and King this offseason and may lose Wandy Peralta. With injury uncertainty in Carlos Rodon and Nester Cortes the Yankees need to add some certainty to their rotation. The Yankees can’t afford to waste another year of Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge playing peak baseball especially in a season where you have Juan Soto.

The other two players in this negotiation were the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs both of whom have done next to nothing in MLB Free Agency. The Mets may decide to sit most of MLB free agency out as Steve Cohen told Max Scherzer they’d spend again in 2025. The Cubs on the other hand should’ve been one of the biggest players in MLB Free Agency this offseason. After spending 40 million on manager Craig Counsell it looked like the perfect time to make a splash bringing the Cubs back to MLB relevance.

The most interesting aspect to watch is what Yamamoto going to the Dodgers means in the trade fronts. The best pitchers available may be via trade with CY Young winners Corbin Burnes and Shane Bieber as well as White Sox ace Dylan Cease. Bieber has been a trade candidate for a few years now as the Guardians continue to keep a low payroll. Corbin Burnes may be moved as the Brewers look to reshape after losing Craig Counsell and top executive David Stearns. Dylan Cease seems all but out of Chicago as the White Sox continue to rebuild, he was seemingly available at the deadline but, an offseason trade was always more likely.