Multiple media in the U.S., including “MLB.com ,” reported the news that Yamamoto Yoshinobu and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a contract on the 22nd (Korean time).
Yamamoto received the second most attention in the Stove League after Shohei Ohtani (Dodgers). Yamamoto won the regular season MVP title in 2021 along with four Pacific League pitchers and the Sawamura Award, given to the best pitcher, became the “first” player in Japanese professional baseball history to achieve it for three consecutive years. This season, when he was about to advance to the Major League, he recorded 16 wins, 6 losses and an ERA of 1.23.월카지노
Except for Ohtani, there were not many players who attracted attention in the FA market in the Major League. Clubs, which are desperate to strengthen their power, have begun to pay keen attention to players who will move to the Major League from Asia due to poor market conditions. It is like a lottery because they have never played in the Major League, but big league teams have decided to participate in gambling, predicting their chances of success.
The Major League Stove League heated up as Ohtani signed the largest 10-year, $700 million (about 9121 billion won) contract in the world’s professional sports history with the Dodgers, which Lee Jung-hoo continued through a six-year, $113 million (about 147.2 billion won) mega contract with the San Francisco Giants. And on the 22nd, Yamamoto won a “jackpot” contract as he wrote numerous records.
The 12-year contract between Yamamoto and the Dodgers is worth 325 million U.S. dollars. As the Dodgers beat Garrett Cole by 1 million dollars over the nine-year, 324 million dollars he made with the New York Yankees, it is the largest contract ever signed. In addition, an opt-out clause is included in the sixth and ninth years, which allows them to search for new contracts and destinations.
Yamamoto received a lot of attention when he announced his advance to the Major League. Among them, three were the most active teams in Yamamoto. They were the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, and the Dodgers. In particular, the Yankees and the Mets seemed to be at the forefront of Yamamoto’s recruitment campaign, so that Yamamoto uniquely met more than once. However, Yamamoto’s choice was the Dodgers, not the Yankees and the Mets.
According to multiple local media reports, including The Athletic in the U.S., the Yankees and the Mets also offered contracts that never lagged behind the Dodgers. According to The Athletic, the Yankees offered Yamamoto a 10-year, 300 million-dollar contract with an opt-out clause for the fifth year. The Mets also offered Yamamoto a 12-year, $325 million, the same amount that the Dodgers offered. In particular, the Yankees were behind the Dodgers and the Mets in terms of total contract size, but ranked first in annual average.
There are many reasons behind Yamamoto’s defeat in the recruitment race, despite everyone offering similar contracts, but the most notable part was the “detail.” Although the Mets’ proposal was not disclosed in detail, the Dodgers moved to take Yamamoto’s heart by putting in a total of two opt-out clauses. In addition, they paid a down payment of $50 million (about 65.1 billion won), making Yamamoto beneficial in terms of taxes.
“The Athletic” also pointed out the details of the down payment. “As negotiations progressed, clubs were able to change their annual salaries into bonuses, but they did not offer a $50 million down payment,” the media said. “If Yamamoto does not live in California, he does not have to pay taxes on the $50 million down payment. The Dodgers are planning to pay $50 million in 2024, and Yamamoto’s tax savings could reach $7.2 million (about 9.3 billion won).”
The Yankees and the Mets both offered Yamamoto a big contract worth more than $300 million, but there was a difference in detail in the fact that they could not win the Dodgers, as mentioned earlier, but local media already believe that Yamamoto wanted to wear the Dodgers uniform. “Compared to the teams’ suggestions, Yamamoto may have preferred the Dodgers to any other club,” The Athletic said. “There seemed to be a specific team that Yamamoto wanted to play for, like Otani. That team was the Dodgers.”