The Miami Marlins need a starter to replace Sandy Alcantara this season. They otherwise have a solid rotation that will keep them in games to win and should focus on boosting the offensive side of the ball this year to help out their pitchers. The Marlins have not been rumored to be in on the free agent frenzy over the latest great Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto but will they regret it?
Yoshinobu Yamamoto won't be a Marlin but will he be a problem?
Lots of teams want Yamamoto as he is now eligible to get offers from MLB teams over the next 45 days. Yamamoto could be an ace or number two pitcher on a lot of teams and so it makes sense they would want to add him but the Marlins are not in on it as we know. It was been reported that half the MLB is interested in his services and have inquired and why not?
Only Shohei Ohtani has garnered more interest than Yamamoto and that goes to show his potential. Could he be the next big Japanese star, a la Chan Ho Park or Daisuke Matsuzaka? He has a good shot at it, or at least teams are betting on it.
Yamamoto has a career 1.72 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP and gives up hardly any walks. He is a prototype in the Japan league so will it translate to the MLB, time will tell. The bigger question is will he be the Marlins problem anyway, the answer is maybe? The Braves need pitching and the Phillies are very interested in Yamamoto. Either way that would be bad news for the Marlins. Even if the Marlins could afford him they would be better off spending their money elsewhere, either way let’s hope the Yankees or Red Sox grab him so we don’t have to face him in division play. Keep your eye on the Phillies though, they may be one of the top teams going after him and that would spell trouble.
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