MLB responds as Dodgers spend over $1 billion for Yamamoto and Ohtani


Spending sprees of one billion dollars have been carried out by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On Thursday night, Los Angeles continued to dominate the Major League Baseball offseason by reportedly signing a contract with Japanese star pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto that was worth $325 million over a period of 12 years.

This is the most lucrative contract ever offered to a pitcher in terms of the total amount of money.

This agreement was reached less than two weeks after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Shohei Ohtani, another Japanese sensation, away from the Los Angeles Angels with a record-breaking 10-year, $700 million contract (including $680 million in deferred money). Ohtani was transferred to the Dodgers from the Angels.

The two players who were considered to be the best in free agency were Ohtani and Yamamoto. Together, they represented Team Japan in the 2023 World Baseball Classic and won the championship.

And while they were in the process of acquiring the two Japanese stars, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the ace pitcher Tyler Glasnow from the Tampa Bay Rays and extended his contract by five years and $135 million.

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Since the 9th of December, the Dodgers have spent more than $1.1 billion to acquire Ohtani, Glasnow, and Yamamoto, thereby adding to their already impressive roster of great players.

It is true that Los Angeles is coming off of yet another heartbreaking exit from the playoffs, as they were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who went on to win the National League Championship.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, are now able to have a lineup that includes Ohtani, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, and Max Muncy, in addition to a starting rotation that is led by Yamamoto, Glasnow, and Walker Buehler (with Ohtani scheduled to return to the mound in 2025).


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