Nola refuses QO for Phillies… fierce competition is expected
American media are predicting a big battle for a $200 million (approximately 30.2 billion yen) contract for pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is aiming to transfer from Orix to the major leagues using the posting system. The US transfer information site “MLB Trade Rumors” reported that the “star corps” Phillies may also participate.
“I’m not surprised that Aaron Nola rejected a one-year qualifying offer from the Phillies. This puts him on the (free agency) market for a long-term contract,” the media outlet said. . Although programming manager Dave Dombrowski remains hopeful of working out a new contract with Nola, Jason Stark of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are “fully committed” to re-signing Nola. He said he did not get the impression that there was.
Dombrowski has made it clear that he only plans to add one starter. He said, “The Phillies would like Nola, but his durability, pinpoint ball control, ability to get off the bat, and track record of preventing runs from giving up mean it’s going to be a tough competition.” . If Nola were to be transferred to another team, the Phillies would have to explore other options.
Long-time Phillies reporter John Salisbury said on WIP’s Midday Show: “There are two names that I really like. One is Aaron Nola and the other is from Japan.” This is a guy named Yamamoto. He has only loose ties to the Phillies, with ties to the “usual lineup” such as the two New York teams and the Dodgers, but the Phillies are a big market team with a very active owner and front office. “They have a very strong desire to aim for victory. They are also very willing to spend money. There is not much history with Japanese players, but it would not be a bad idea to start that history from here.”
“He’s 25 years old. When Bryce Harper was a free agent, part of his appeal was that he was 26 years old. This guy is younger than that. I would be very interested in him and Nola on the free agent market.” “I believe the Phillies will have a lot of interest in these two players,” he said without wavering.
“I’ve heard that they are ‘genuinely’ interested in Yamamoto. It makes a lot of sense to me. It might be difficult (to sign him) because they lack history with Japanese players. “But what does it matter? We just have to be proactive and go after him. He could be a very good player, he’s an instant hit, and he’s going to be around for a long time,” he said enthusiastically.
(Full-Count Editorial Department)