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Yoshinobu Yamamoto had dinner at Steve Cohen’s house

The Mets owner hosted the team’s top free agent target.

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Yoshinobu Yamamoto had dinner at the home of Mets owner Steve Cohen last night, according to Joel Sherman. And Sherman adds that Alex Cohen, David Stearns, Carlos Mendoza, and Jeremy Hefner were there for the meeting, as well.

That update is the latest in a week that has seen Yamamoto met with several teams. By the terms of his being posted by the Orix Buffaloes, the 25-year-old pitcher’s window to sign with a major league team closes in early January. Considering that’s not too far off, it seems like Yamamoto’s decision should happen fairly soon. And the Mets could certainly use his help in their rotation.

At this point, rattling off Yamamoto’s stats might be unnecessary, but in 171.0 innings of work this year, he had a 1.16 ERA in Japan. And for the third season in a row, he won both the Sawamura Award and the Pacific League MVP.