“Yankees have a plan.”I even emptied the Ace number to catch the monster pitcher

The Yankees are interested in Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes). Yamamoto was posted to the 30 major league clubs at 8 a.m. ET on Nov. 21. He has 45 days to negotiate.

The Yankees were interested in Yamamoto even before the posting. In September, general manager Brian Cashman flew to Japan to see Yamamoto in person. In front of Cashman, Yamamoto threw a no-hitter, striking out eight and walking two in nine innings.레모나토토

Yamamoto’s performance was not a one-off. Yamamoto made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut in 2017 and went 18-5 with a 1.39 ERA in 26 games, 193⅔ innings, and 206 strikeouts in 2021 and 15-5 with a 1.68 ERA in 26 games, 193 innings, and 205 strikeouts in 2022.

This year, Yamamoto’s performance continued. In 23 games, he went 16-6 with a 1.21 ERA in 164 innings pitched with 169 strikeouts. For the third year in a row, he won four pitching titles and the Sawamura Award. The Sawamura Award is given to the best pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball. Masaichi Kaneda (Korean name Kim Kyung-hong) and Yamamoto are the only pitchers to win the award three years in a row. This is the first time in 65 years.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Oryx Buffaloes, who won the Pacific League MVP./Oryx Buffaloes SNS

Yamamoto was also named the Pacific League MVP at the Nippon Professional Baseball Awards on April 28. It was his third consecutive Pacific League MVP honor.

“The Yankees are just one of many teams pursuing a deal for the Japanese superstar this offseason, but the Yankees front office has a plan in place to woo him,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Sept. 29 (ET).

MLB.com quoted Andy Martino of New York local outlet SNY as saying, “The Yankees have reserved the No. 18 jersey for the 2023 season with an eye toward signing Yamamoto. The number 18 is the number Yamamoto wore with the Orix.”

“In Japan, 18 is the number of an ace. That’s why Hiroki Kuroda wore No. 18 for the Yankees and why Masahiro Tanaka wore No. 18 for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.” “Daisuke Matsuzaka also wore No. 18 for the Boston Red Sox and Kenta Maeda (Detroit Tigers) wore No. 18 for the Minnesota Twins,” he added.

“Leaving No. 18 vacant could be seen as a small gesture by the Yankees,” said MLB.com. But Yamamoto will be negotiating with major league clubs over the next few weeks. The Yankees’ gesture could be seen as an important show of respect for Yamamoto.”

On the same day, MLB.com ranked teams as possible destinations for Yamamoto, with the Yankees at the top of the list. ”The Yankees are a team that has never been afraid to go after big free agents. There’s no question that the starting rotation is a big issue right now.”

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