MLB Rumors: The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto have agreed on a free agent contract, per multiple reports. The 25 year old righthander, who has spent his professional career thusfar pitching for the Orix Buffaloes of the NPB, is getting $325 million over 12 years, per Jeff Passan.
Yamamoto was considered the top non-Ohtani free agent on the market. Having just finished his age 24 season, he’s younger than most free agents, and he has been dominant in Japan, putting up a 1.82 ERA in seven seasons, including a 1.16 ERA in 171 innings over 24 starts in 2023.
Yamamoto was being pursued by numerous suitors, but was seen as likely to land with one of the three biggest payroll teams — the Dodgers, the New York Yankees, and the New York Mets. With the Dodgers landing Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani in free agency, as well as trading for and extending pitcher Tyler Glasgow, it has been quite a winter at Chavez Ravine.
Passan says the posting fee will be $50.6 million, so the Dodgers are spending $375 million for Yamamoto. The $50.6 million posting fee is not, however, subject to the Competitive Balance Tax, so the CBT figure for Yamamoto will be $325M amortized over 12 years, or $27.08M per year.