The newest blockbuster signing of the offseason got here down Thursday night time: Yoshinobu Yamamoto joined the Dodgers on a record 12-year, $325 million contract. It’s the largest pitching contract in historical past, and the Dodgers can pay Yamamoto’s former staff, the Orix Buffaloes, a posting payment simply north of $50 million. All-in, they’re spending $375 million to pair the righty with $700 million man Shohei Ohtani. With Yamamoto signed, issues ought to decide up with the remainder of free company quickly. Listed here are Friday’s scorching range rumors.
Blue Jays involved with Taylor
The Blue Jays are involved with free agent middle fielder Michael A. Taylor, reports MLB.com. Toronto doesn’t essentially want a middle fielder to interchange Kevin Kiermaier, as Daulton Varsho is greater than able to enjoying middle. However signing Taylor would permit the Blue Jays to proceed fielding an elite outfield protection. Outfield protection was one of many staff’s strengths in 2023.
Taylor, 32, quietly hit 21 residence runs with the Twins this previous season, although they got here with a .278 on-base share and a 33.5% strikeout price. That stated, you’ll be able to dwell with a dingers-and-defense middle fielder because the No. 9 hitter. The draw back for the Blue Jays is Taylor could be one more right-handed hitter in a lineup that badly wants a lefty (or two) to steadiness issues out.
A number of groups bidding for Rodriguez
The Astros, Blue Jays, Pirates, and Yankees are among the many groups bidding for Cuban righty Yariel Rodriguez, according to MLB.com. Rodriguez, 26, didn’t pitch in 2023 after breaking his contract with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan. He posted a 1.15 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings in 2022, and has been one among Japan’s high setup males the previous few seasons.
Rodriguez served as Cuba’s ace within the World Baseball Basic this spring and there’s some thought he can begin. Baseball America recently wrote he “tasks to be a hard-throwing however inconsistent No. 5 starter or seventh-inning setup man” given his management points and lack of a dependable third pitch. Rodriguez may obtain a 3-4 12 months contract within the $10 million a 12 months vary.
Tigers signal Miller
The Tigers have signed righty reliever Shelby Miller to a one-year contract with an possibility for 2025, reports the Detroit Free Press. Now 33, Miller quietly had a superb 2023 with the Dodgers, throwing 42 innings with 42 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA. He is discovered a house within the bullpen after struggling together with his management for years as a beginning pitcher. Miller will be a part of Jason Foley and Alex Lange to kind a sneaky good late-inning trio in Detroit’s bullpen.