New York News: How high are Yamamoto’s bids?
Latest news and rumors regarding Yamamoto; New York may be suitable for the elite by trade; The Americans were never in contention for Ohtani. Cole, Judge receives MLB honors
NEW YORK: As of late Saturday afternoon, at least two clubs, the Giants and Red Sox, were rumored to have made offers for Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto worth more than $300 million. The Yankees, Phillies and Dodgers have also met with Yamamoto and the Blue Jays are expected to do so, if they haven’t already. I think we all know what number a winning bid is likely to start with.
mlb | Mark Feinsand: The rumors about Yamamoto will continue until the moment he signs with an MLB team, at the very least. The obvious question now is where he will end up. In some very vague and negative sounds, Feinsand speculates that “some” have identified the Yankees as the most likely destination for the right-hander. One can only hope.
The athlete | Jim Bowden ($): It’s still possible that the Yankees, who just started their massive acquisition of Juan Soto, could make another huge move via trade. Jim Bowden named Cleveland closer Emmanuel Klass as the third most likely pitcher to be dealt this offseason. Furthermore, he believes the Yankees would be a very logical team as a trade partner for the Guardian.*
*Editor’s note: It’s hard to imagine this happening, but it did with Bowden.
USA Today | Bob Nightengale: In an exclusive interview with Nez Balelo, Shohei Ohtani’s agent, Nightengale looks at the endgame for the most expensive free agency in MLB history. While the Yankees may have kicked the tires in Ohtani’s free agency (due diligence and all), they never came close to signing the superstar. Mets owner Steve Cohen has already said there appears to be little interest from his camp in coming to the Big Apple. Frankly, after showing no interest in coming to New York when he first came to MLB, I would have been infinitely more surprised if Ohtani had the Yankees anywhere near the top of his list of teams this offseason. Good luck in the National League, Shohei.
We wrap up with some overdue awards news related to Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge.
After winning his first career Cy Young Award, Cole was named to the All-MLB First Team, and even after missing nearly two months due to an infamous toe injury at Dodger Stadium, the reigning 2022 AL MVP earned All-MLB Team honors the second. Major League Baseball has received All-MLB honors since 2019, and this is Cole’s third first-team nod and fourth of any edition; For Judge, this is his third time on the All-MLB team (although his first at two).
The full list of All-MLB selections can be found here.