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Dodgers, Yamamoto agree to 12-year deal

The Mets had been in the running to sign the Japanese pitcher.

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The Dodgers and 25-year-old Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto have agreed to a 12-year, $325 million deal, per Jeff Passan. The signing follows the Dodgers’ $700 million deal with Shohei Ohtani.

The Mets had been one of the teams in the running to sign Yamamoto, as Steve Cohen and David Stearns flew to Japan to meet with him before he came to the United States to meet with several teams. And Yamamoto had dinner at Cohen’s house near the end of that stretch of meetings. Mike Puma reports that the Mets offered Yamamoto the same deal that he got from the Dodgers.

With that, the Mets’ rotation currently consists of Kodai Senga, José Quintana, Luis Severino, Adrian Houser, and Tylor Megill. If Will Sammon’s reporting in The Athletic earlier this month is accurate, the team’s failure to land Yamamoto might make for a pretty quiet offseason. For what it’s worth, Houser and outfielder Tyrone Taylor joined the team in a trade just yesterday, though both are earning relatively modest salaries by major league standards.