The Philadelphia Phillies kicked off their free agency moves with a big one on Sunday, agreeing to a seven-year contract with pitcher Aaron Nola to keep him around. However, rumors have already emerged on who the Phillies could target next on the market, with Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto being mentioned as a possibility.
In fact, the whispers connecting Yamamoto and Philadelphia are only growing louder as his official post date approaches.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto Phillies Rumors
Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports one source has said the Phillies plan to be "pretty aggressive" in pursuing Yamamoto once they're allowed to negotiate. This follows earlier reporting from Coffey that revealed the club has done extensive scouting on the 25-year-old.
Considering how important pitching was in determining this year's World Series champion, it's no surprise that Dave Dombrowski is considering loading up at the top of his rotation. A trio of Nola, Yamamoto and Zack Wheeler would set Philadelphia up for success in any playoff series.
Yamamoto is set to be posted on Tuesday morning, which will open up the window for MLB teams to negotiate with the NPB star. Considering he's a three-time pitching Triple Crown winner, he's expected to have no shortage of interest, presenting plenty of competition for the Phillies to deal with.
The fact that the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and New York Mets are expected to make a serious run at the righty hurler shows no serious worries that he might prefer a West Coast destination. Philly's reported interest only backs up the belief that he can be swayed, setting the stage for a big-market bidding war to acquire Yamamoto's services.
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