Dodgers Spending Spree Continues With Yoshinobu Yamamoto; Japanese Star Signs 12-Year, $325 Million Deal


The Dodgers are adding the top pitcher on the market, 10 days after signing Shohei Ohtani. Japanese pitching star Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports late Thursday, marking the end of a bidding war for the ace.

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ESPN’s Jeff Passen reported that Yamamoto and the Dodgers agreed to a 12-year, $325 million contract — the largest contract in history for a pitcher, besting Gerrit Cole’s contract with the Yankees ($324M).

BUNKYO CITY, JAPAN – MARCH 12: Yoshinobu Yamamoto #18 of Team Japan reacts while pitching during Game 8 of Pool B between Team Japan and Team Australia at Tokyo Dome on Sunday, March 12, 2023 in Bunkyo City, Japan. (Photo by Yuki Taguchi/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Dodgers Make Yoshinobu Yamamoto Richest Pitcher In MLB History

The Dodgers welcomed Yamamoto in his first meeting at Dodger Stadium with Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman touring the facilities with the Japanese star.

Yamamoto pitched seven seasons for the Onix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. He accrued an eye-popping 1.72 ERA in his career. The final stretch of rumors surrounding Yamamoto noted the New York Yankees, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays as top candidates to sign him.

Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman continues his offseason spending spree, kickstarted by Shohei Ohtani’s historic 10-year, $700 million contract, made official on Dec. 11.

After signing Ohtani, the Dodgers further bolstered their pitching with a trade for Tampa Bay Rays ace Tyler Glasnow. The Dodgers and Glasnow agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $136.5 million.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: Yoshinobu Yamamoto #18 of Team Japan reacts in the fifth inning against Team Mexico during the World Baseball Classic Semifinals at loanDepot park on March 20, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Adding Yamamoto catapults the Dodgers’ status as the MLB’s premier superteam.

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