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MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper Helps Phillies Recruit Yamamoto amid Yankees, Mets Buzz

Tyler Conway @@jtylerconway Featured Columnist IV December 18, 2023 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images The Philadelphia Phillies are going all-in on their pursuit of Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported star Bryce Harper pitched Yamamoto on coming to Philadelphia via FaceTime during his meeting with the Phillies. Harper became perhaps the biggest free-agent

MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper Helps Phillies Recruit Yamamoto amid Yankees, Mets Buzz

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2023

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 22: Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (L) attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at Crypto.com Arena on November 22, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The Philadelphia Phillies are going all-in on their pursuit of Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Jon Morosi of MLB Community reported star Bryce Harper pitched Yamamoto on coming to Philadelphia by way of FaceTime throughout his assembly with the Phillies.

Harper turned maybe the largest free-agent signing in Philadelphia sports activities historical past when he inked a 13-year cope with the Phillies in 2019.

Yamamoto is probably the most sought-after free agent remaining in the marketplace and is about to signal a deal that can seemingly break information for a Japanese import. The New York Yankees and New York Mets have been thought of favorites within the course of, with the Los Angeles Dodgers additionally being a possible issue.

Since his arrival, Harper has embraced Philadelphia and turn into one of many metropolis’s hottest athletes.

“I really like this place,” Harper told reporters in October. “There’s nothing like coming into [Citizens Bank Park] and enjoying in entrance of those followers. Blue-collar mentality, robust, combating each single day. I get chills, man. I get so fired up… I signed right here for a purpose, to do every thing I might to carry again a trophy to this city, to [owner John Middleton], to this group.”

Yamamoto is the most-hyped Japanese participant to be posted since Shohei Ohtani. He is a 25-year-old flamethrower who repeatedly tops 95mph along with his fastball and has received the Japanese Triple Crown every of the final three seasons. It is anticipated a group must prime $300 million in whole compensation, together with the posting charge to the Orix Buffaloes, to land Yamamoto.

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That may be by far the biggest ever assure given to a participant but to play in an MLB recreation.

The Yankees’ nine-year, $324 million contract with Gerrit Cole is the biggest in league historical past ever given to a participant who solely pitches. Shohei Ohtani, who pitches and hits, surpassed that quantity along with his record-setting $700 million cope with the Dodgers this offseason.

The Phillies have been aggressive in free company lately, with shortstop Trea Turner inking an 11-year, $300 million deal final offseason and beginning pitcher Aaron Nola re-signing on a seven-year, $172 million pact earlier this offseason.

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