Josh Reddick rips Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s $325 million Dodgers contract

Former Major League outfielder Josh Reddick tried to slam the Dodgers' contract with Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but ended up receiving a lot of criticism.

Redick last appeared in an MLB game with the Diamondbacks in 2021 after Yamamoto agreed to a 12-year, $325 million deal to sign two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles. and retired Early this year, I posted it on X to ask a question“How can you give $325 million to a guy who has never pitched in MLB?”

Someone then replied, “Baseball is ruined,” and Reddick said he agreed with that statement.

But then users started bringing up the fact that Redick won the 2017 World Series with the Astros, who later emerged as the central figure in a cheating scandal involving sign stealing en route to winning the World Series.

Redick hit a career-best .314 in 134 regular season games that year, but that number dropped to .169 (.413 OPS) in 18 postseason games.

Josh Reddick criticized the Dodgers for spending $325 million on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, citing his lack of MLB experience. AP
Yoshinobu Yamamoto returned to MLB by signing a 12-year contract worth $325 million with the Dodgers. AP

“How can you cheat and still call yourself a 'world champion'?” 1 user I wrote to Xreferencing Reddick's bio on social media platforms.

The former Gold Glove winner didn't reply to that specific post, but he did reply to another user who commented about Redick's failure to admit wrongdoing like other Astros players have been accused of.

“Why should I apologize when I know other teams were doing the same thing? They didn't apologize to me,” Reddick said. I wrote in his reply.

Josh Reddick last appeared in an MLB game in 2021 with the Diamondbacks. AP

Last year in Japan, Yamamoto went 16-6 with a 1.21 ERA in 23 games in 2023 and will join the Dodgers' rotation, which has already acquired Tyler Glasnow, who was acquired in a trade by Los Angeles, and an extension.

Yamamoto, 25, pitches for Nippon Professional Baseball's Orix Buffaloes and has won the league's version of the Cy Young Award in each of the past three seasons.

And while it exceeded the $324 million contract the Yankees gave Gerrit Cole, the Dodgers had plenty of flexibility as Ohtani deferred about 97 percent of his $700 million contract until his 10-year deal expired. There was sex.