Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Yamamoto, Glasnow or Stop, what’s next for the Dodgers now?

USA Today correspondent Bob Nightengale wrote earlier this month that the Dodgers are going “for the jugular” this offseason, targeting several players in free agency and the trade market. On Saturday, the Blues signed the best free agent available, Shohei Ohtani, after agreeing for 10 years and US$700 million.

Could the top pitcher in free agency, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, be their next signing? It’s possible, according to MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman.

“Don’t rule out the Dodgers in the bid for Yamamoto,” Heyman said. “They can sign both. They can get Ohtani and Yamamoto.

The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander could be worth $300 million, so signing him would require a financial commitment from the Dodgers of about $1 billion for the two Japanese stars. However, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Ohtani’s contract includes what one source described as “unprecedented delays,” including most of his salary. That would reduce the luxury tax implications and the Dodgers’ cash flow burden and give them financial flexibility.

Pivoting around Ohtani to meet rotation needs is a logical maneuver for the Los Angeles club. The Dodgers’ starting staff includes Bobby Miller, Emmet Sheehan, Ryan Pepiot and Walker Buehler, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. Right-handers Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin will miss most of 2024 because of the same procedure. Clayton Kershaw is a free agent whose status is uncertain after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder last month. And Ohtani will be out next month after his second surgery on his throwing elbow in September.

In addition to Yamamoto, who is being pursued by several major teams in the market, the Dodgers may try to acquire Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow or White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease. Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic (subscription required) reports that Glasnow “emerged as a potential trade for the Dodgers last week,” while his sources suggest that talks could fizzle out after Ohtani’s signing.

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