Pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is aiming to move from professional baseball and Orix to the big leagues with the posting system, is reported by the American media that the Yankees and Mets are accelerating their moves to acquire him, such as holding a meeting.
Yamamoto is second only to Shohei Ohtani in the MLB transfer market, where starting pitchers are in high demand.
With the total value of the deal expected to reach $2 million to $3 million, American media reported that Mets owner Cohen and Stearns "flew to Japan last week to meet Yamamoto and his family."
Since owner Cohen, who is said to have assets of $175.2 billion and 5700.3 trillion yen in Japan yen, bought the Mets three years ago, he has been aggressively reinforcing the Mets every year on the back of his abundant financial strength, and is one of the candidates for Yamamoto's transfer.
Also, about the Yankees, who are also based in New York, the American media reported, 'Yamamoto is scheduled to visit the United States next Monday and have a meeting.'
The Yankees are eager to acquire Cashman, who visited Japan in person in September to observe Yamamoto's no-hitter and No-Run game, and manager Boone said, "He's going to be a special pitcher who throws at the top of the rotation, and pinstripes will look good on him." The movement between the two New York-based teams has been increasing over Yamamoto's pitching.