The New York Mets have been interested in Yoshinobu Yamamoto since the regular season due to the team's need for reliable rotation options. In this sense, the bidding for the services of this Japanese ace would be enormous with the New York Mets and the New York Yankees competing fiercely.
It is no wonder that Yamamoto is so coveted in this market. The Japanese pitcher is barely 25 years old and already has three triple crowns, multiple awards for the best pitcher in Japanese baseball, and two no-hitters in his lifetime record. But the Yankees could have put themselves in danger after Brian Cashman's latest statements about a player on the team.
Brian Cashman offered unfortunate comments that upset Yoshinobu Yamamoto's agent
Brian Cashman is one of the longest-tenured MLB managers in the league and one of the most recognized in the industry. But since the season that just ended and during his last interviews, the level of pressure under which the Yankees general manager is operating has been noted.
In this sense, during an interview with the press, Cashman referred to the status of Giancarlo Stanton and his history of injuries that have limited his play in recent seasons. On that occasion, the Bronx executive argued that he expected Stanton to continue getting injured because that has become part of his game.
Referring to a player in this way is not what is styled towards the press in the world of baseball. For this reason, Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe, made an interesting comment arguing that domestic and international free agents should not let their guard down even in the offseason if they play for that New York team.
Wolfe's answer is quite forceful and intriguing, especially when referring to international free agents. Wolfe is the agent of Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a center target for the Yankees and Mets this offseason.
Cashman has somewhat affected his negotiating power over a pitcher of Yamamoto's potential, who is open to playing in New York, according to recent reports. The latter events give the Mets an added advantage to Steve Cohen's financial power, which puts Yamamoto much closer to the Mets' rotation in 2024 and beyond.