Yoshinobu Yamamoto contract details: Dodgers sign Japanese ace to monster $325 million contract

The Yoshinobu Yamamoto sweepstakes are over, and the Dodgers, once again, are the winners. 

The Japanese ace has reportedly signed a deal with Los Angeles, joining two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani out on the West Coast in what has been a home run offseason for the Dodgers. 

The deal makes him the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history, surpassing the previous mark set by Yankees star Gerrit Cole. It also puts him in a tie for the ninth-highest contract among all MLB players in overall value. 

Yamamoto is the latest Japanese star to make the jump overseas to the MLB. He is arguably the most intriguing prospect from the country since Ohtani signed with the Angels ahead of the 2018 season. 

In seven seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Baseball League, Yamamoto accumulated a 1.72 ERA as a starter . He ended his NPB career by winning his third consecutive Pacific League Most Valuable Player Award, becoming only the third player ever to accomplish the feat. Yamamoto joined Mariners legend Ichiro Suzuki and right-handed pitcher Hisashi Yamada, a submariner who dominated the league during the ’70s, in the elite company.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto contract details

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the contract for Yamamoto is 12 years for $325 million. It carries an average annual value of just over $27 million a season. 

The deal is $1 million more than Cole’s which previously stood as the highest contract for a major league pitcher. 

There are also reportedly a pair of opt-outs in the deal, according to Passan. However, the exact details of these opt-outs are not yet known. 

In addition to the $325 million given in the contract, the Dodgers are paying a $50 million posting feee, bringing the total cost for Los Angeles to $375 million to sign the right-handed ace. 

How old is Yoshinobu Yamamoto?

Yamamoto is 25 years old, at the time of signing his contract with the Dodgers. He’ll be 37 when the deal expires in 2035.

Largest contracts in MLB history

Overall value

Player Signed Team Length Value
Shohei Ohtani Dodgers 10 $700 million
Mike Trout Angels 12 $426.5 million
Mookie Betts Dodgers 12 $365 million
Aaron Judge Yankees 9 $360 million
Manny Machado Padres 11 $350 million
Francisco Lindor Mets 10 $341 million
Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 14 $340 million
Bryce Harper Phillies 13 $330 million
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 13 $325 million
Corey Seager Rangers 10 $325 million
Yoshinobu Yamamoto Dodgers 12 $325 million

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