Well that collective UGH and sigh was the response to the Dodgers doing this to the rest of MLB.
Where were the MLB officers and the rest of the owners after 2017? Where were the MLB officers and the rest of the owners with the obvious Trevor Bauer delay? Next time stand up for what is right and not your disdain/jealousy for the Dodgers.
Yeah, the above picture is of me eating my heaping portion of crow. I never saw this coming. I thought the Dodgers would be competitive for Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but I did not believe they would outbid both NY teams. I really wasn’t worried about SF. They are finding it more difficult to draw FA to their team. They outbid other teams, but for whatever reason, they cannot reel them in. I believed early on that the Dodgers would sign Shohei Ohtani because of the business component, with the baseball component being the icing. But I never thought the Dodgers would find two top pitchers.
The Dodgers topped their historic Shohei Ohtani signing, by inking 25 year old RHSP Yoshinobu Yamamoto to a gargantuan twelve year $325MM contract. Yes, he does have two opt out opportunities, and with the way the salaries are going, he very well could opt out.
At Ohtani’s press conference Andrew Friedman said this:
“One of our goals is to have baseball fans in Japan convert to Dodger blue.”
After the Yamamoto signing, are Japan’s schools now going to require their students to wear LAD jerseys as their new school uniforms?
Two years after the Texas Rangers shocked everyone by signing TWO players to $500MM, the Dodgers had to go out and top that by signing TWO players to more than $1B commitment.
How would you like to be an Oakland A’s fan today? Their fans are just begging John Fisher to sell. The low revenue teams have to be p*****. Don’t like it? Sell!!.
MLBPA and the players’ agents? They are Dancin’ In The Streets to not only Martha and the Vandellas, but also to the Dodgers. Tony Clark and Scott Boras are telling the other owners…of course there is $$$ in MLB. You want to compete? Spend.
But their exuberance should be tempered. Yes, the Dodgers broke all the records and all the unspoken rules by signing both Ohtani and Yamamoto, but those are special cases. There has never been a player with the magnitude of Ohtani, EVER. When will we see the next 25 year old dominating pitcher? Eury Pérez will be 27 when he becomes a FA, and he comes the closest.
The Dodgers have definitely globalized this team. The owners will gladly pay the taxes they will be incurring. They are not going to lose money on either of these deals. How remarkable and genius was it for all of the Ohtani deferred money, which allowed the Dodgers to get the top two free agents for this year, and perhaps ever??? Maybe it was Ohtani who initially broached the deferral idea, but it was Mark Walter who thoroughly understood the concept and jumped on it. He probably thought about that strategy, but could never find the right player to offer that kind of deal to. In fact, I do not believe there is another one.
Ohtani knew that if he did defer most of his salary, he not only knew he would still have more than enough with endorsements to make up the deferred portion, but also would give the Dodgers enough salary room to also sign his good friend Yamamoto. Ohtani was also instrumental in wooing Tyler Glasnow to signing an extension and pitching for the Dodgers. My Trojans can use a recruiter like Shohei.
Of course Jackie Robinson was the most important Dodgers signing. However, Jackie Robinson transcended the Dodgers, and encompassed ALL OF MLB and the country. Because Jackie was a Brooklyn Dodger, just from a team standpoint, can we all agree that Shohei Ohtani signing is the most important LA Dodger signing. Not just monetarily, but also conceptually.
Yamamoto, Glasnow, Miller, Yarbrough, Sheehan to start the season. Walker Buehler late Spring, early summer. Clayton Kershaw in August? Actually I do not think the Dodgers are done. They have so much prospect capital they can overpay for another front line pitcher with multiple years of control and a low AAV. Dylan Cease? Miami’s Braxton Garrett would be a great target. At this point, Trevor Rogers would be an acceptable target.
With Ohtani, May, and Gonsolin all due back next year, just what will that rotation look like to the rest of MLB, especially with their offense.
Another question. Can the Dodgers attach a good prospect with Chris Taylor and find a taker?