Greek Giant

There are numerous reports that the Giants are all in and still in the running for Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the Japanese Free Agent Pitcher that has half the teams in Major League Baseball in a tizzy.

Here is the Sports Illustrated article quoting Andrew Baggarly:

“The Giants have become conditioned to free-agent disappointment while falling short in pursuit of Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, and now Ohtani,” Baggarly wrote. “But there’s no numbing the pain if they fall short in the Yamamoto pursuit. According to those familiar with Zaidi’s thinking, he has never been so all-in on a free agent in his six years while leading the Giants’ baseball operations group.”

Yamamoto is coveted by many teams including the Cubs, Yanks and Dodgers. He can hit 99 mph on the radar gun and is said to have elite command, making him a potential ace or number 2 in the Big Leagues.

There are interesting parallels in the Giants and Farhan Zaidi’s pursuit of Yamamoto with other players Zaidi has signed while a member of the Athletics and the Dodgers. He was largely credited for convincing Billy Beane to sign Yoenis Cespedes. Zaidi is said to have also played a critical role in the acquisition of Kenta Maeda by the Dodgers.

Check out Yamamoto’s highlights from 2022: