Is Craig Breslow Begging John Henry Hard Enough For Yamamoto?
I gotta have my version of David Price. I gotta have my version of Daisuke Matsuzaka. John Henry has always allowed his general managers to plunge into the free agent market for one high-caliber starting pitcher. The only difference is Yoshinobu Yamamoto is probably the best out of that trio. Is Craig Breslow begging ownership hard enough to repeat the successful patterns of the past?
If you watched the Red Sox offseason guide, you know how important this one is. The Red Sox are among the teams with the best odds to sign the Japanese superstar. This team will never be taken seriously until they add a top-of-the-line starter. Yamamoto represents that and is on the verge of entering his prime.
Breslow needs to be doing everything in his power to get this done. Yamamoto apparently has a very strong relationship with Masataka Yoshida as well. Use that to your advantage. Chris Sale also comes off the books next year and Boston isn’t paying a single pitcher past arbitration. They also have a significantly lower payroll than the Mets and Yankees right now. They have the power to win this bidding war while staying below the tax. Those New York teams can’t say the same thing.
They have to win this one. If they don’t, you’re going to be stuck overpaying for someone you don’t really want. It’s not an alternative. There is no plan B.
If John Henry really wants to rebuild trust within the fan base, he will make sure they reel in Yamamoto. Just like the great Red Sox teams of the past that landed high end starters and won titles from it. Bottom line, end of story.
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