Mind-Blowing Move: Dodgers Weighing Jaw-Dropping Mega-Deal to Land Star Free-Agent Pitcher! - footballivenews
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Mind-Blowing Move: Dodgers Weighing Jaw-Dropping Mega-Deal to Land Star Free-Agent Pitcher!



The Los Angeles Dodgers are contemplating extending an offer in the range of $250-300 million to Yoshinobu Yamamoto, according to a report by Jack Harris from the Los Angeles Times. Earlier reports had hinted at various teams presenting contract proposals to the NPB star this week, and a decision could potentially be reached by Monday.

The focal point of the offseason now revolves around Yamamoto’s destination and the financial terms of his contract. The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher has emerged as the top free agent following Shohei Ohtani’s signing. It appears that the list of potential suitors has narrowed down to seven teams: the Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Blue Jays.

Recent updates from Ken Rosenthal and Ben Nicholson-Smith suggest that Philadelphia and Toronto may be less likely contenders, with the Jays being less favored for Yamamoto compared to their pursuit of Ohtani. Alex Speier adds that Yamamoto’s recent visit to the East Coast was limited to meetings with the Yankees and Mets in New York. While the Red Sox and Phillies conducted in-person interviews, their discussions with Yamamoto and his representatives took place in Los Angeles.

Speculation has been growing about the possibility of the contract exceeding $300 million, especially when factoring in the posting fee owed to Yamamoto’s former team, the Orix Buffaloes. The posting fee is calculated as 20% of the contract’s first $25 million, 17.5% of the next $25 million, and 15% of any additional spending.

A $250 million offer to Yamamoto, considered a conservative estimate given the intense interest, would necessitate a $39.375 million posting fee, bringing the total commitment to over $289 million. A $300 million offer would come with a $46.875 million posting fee, resulting in a total expenditure of nearly $347 million.

This financial commitment also raises concerns about luxury tax implications, particularly for the Dodgers, whose competitive balance tax projection is around $256 million. This places them close to the $257 million threshold for penalization. The tax rates for spending beyond this threshold range from 62% to 110%, potentially adding $17 million or more in taxes in the first year alone. It’s important to note that only the amount paid to Yamamoto contributes to the competitive balance tax calculation, excluding the posting fee.

Despite being a top contender for Yamamoto, the Dodgers may explore the trade market for pitching help if he chooses another team. This strategy is favored over pursuing other top free agents like Blake Snell or Jordan Montgomery, with the Dodgers having already acquired Tyler Glasnow via trade. They continue to seek additional starting pitching to complement Glasnow, Walker Buehler, and Bobby Miller in their rotation.