November 28, 2023

Yoshinobu Yamamoto talks with MLB teams set to start, source says

The negotiating window for main league teams to try to purchase Japanese star pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto is anticipated to begin Tuesday, a source advised ESPN’s Buster Olney on Friday.

Yamamoto is anticipated to be posted Monday, the source mentioned, and the 45-day course of for MLB teams to negotiate with Yamamoto will start the next day.

Yamamoto, 25, is anticipated to be a prime goal for MLB teams after starring on the mound for the Orix Buffaloes since 2017, with a 70-29 report in Japanese baseball. His trademark is his extensive assortment of breaking pitches, glorious command and a fastball within the mid-90s.

He was 16-6 with a 1.21 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 164 innings in 2023. Yamamoto pitched two video games throughout the Japan Series — the World Series equal for Japanese baseball. He allowed seven earned runs in Game 1 however got here again in Game 6 and struck out a series-record 14.

Information from The Associated Press was used on this report.