The highest-paid pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (26, LA Dodgers) received a higher rating this season than the highest-paid pitcher Justin Verlander (41, Houston Astros).
MLB.COM, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), introduced players from 80th to 61st among the “TOP 100 NOW,” which summarized the value rankings of active MLB players from 1st to 100th.
Yamamoto ranked 61st, the highest among them. It is quite unusual considering that he has never made a debut in the MLB. Yamamoto, who played for the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese professional baseball (NPB) until last year, was Japan’s best pitcher who monopolized the four-time NPB pitcher lineup (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts, winning percentage), Sawamura Award (Best Pitcher Award) and MVP of the Pacific League for the third consecutive year from 2021 to 2023. His overall performance at NPB is 1.82 with 70 wins, 29 losses, one save, and 922 strikeouts in 172 games (897 innings).
Prior to the last season, he participated in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March and became the leading player in the team’s victory along with Shohei Ohtani (Dodgers) and Yu Darvish (San Diego Padres). MLB clubs predicted his trip to the U.S. early on, and not only scouts but also team presidents and general managers traveled to Japan to observe Yamamoto in person. 헤라카지노도메인
Yamamoto, who finished the season as the runner-up in the Japanese Series, later began the process of entering the MLB through the posting system (closed competitive bidding), and local media did not hesitate to pick him as the pitcher’s biggest fish this winter. It was predicted that Masahiro Tanaka could sign a contract of more than $200 million, breaking the seven-year, $155 million record set in the past.
As a result, he became the hero of the highest contract ever. Big market clubs with ample finances, such as the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, courted him. Yamamoto signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers, who had just signed a contract with Ohtani, his senior in the national team. It is the highest and longest pitcher record in MLB history.
Considering that he received the highest contract, the figure could be quite low. However, Verlander gives a strong impression compared to Verlander who were listed side by side. Verlander is the best legendary pitcher with three Cy Young Award wins and one MVP award. His annual salary amounts to 43.33 million dollars. He is the highest among pitchers and the highest among batters excluding Ohtani (70 million dollars).
Verlander was ranked 14th in the same rankings as last year. After winning the American League Cy Young Award with 18 wins and four losses with 1.75 strikeouts in Houston in 2022, Verlander signed a top-paid contract with the New York Mets at the time and continued strides. However, after moving to the Mets, Verlander lost 13 wins and eight losses with a 3.22 ERA, and the Mets traded him to Houston to decide to separate.
Meanwhile, Yamamoto started training after joining the spring camp in the 2024 season. Not only Ohtani but also Jang Hyun-suk, who started his first season as a minor leaguer in the U.S., became a hot topic of conversation.