Phillies made largest offer to Yoshinobu Yamamoto: John Middleton

The Phillies did everything they could to sign Yoshinobu Yamamoto over the winter, and owner John Middleton has no regrets about it.

If they had been successful, Yamamoto would have been the first player from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball to sign with Philadelphia.

The Phillies offered more money than any other team looking to sign the Japanese ace. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.And Middleton told the media that Philadelphia “pushed hard against Yamamoto.”

Yoshinobu Yamamoto has signed a contract with the Dodgers. AP

Yamamoto ultimately signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers in late December, but the Phillies were never considered a strong candidate to acquire the prized pitcher.

“If I had to do it all over again, I would do the same thing I’ve always done, because I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘You know what? ‘So I tried it,” Middleton told the Inquirer. “In a situation like that, it’s easy to say, ‘I’m going to stay home and not make an effort, or I’m probably going to lose him, so I’m going to make a token effort.'” I can’t do that. Is not … If he is a really good person, he should try because you never know when he will change someone’s mind. ”

The Phillies owner reiterated that point later in the conversation, mentioning Jordan Hicks and Robert Stephenson, who Philadelphia also missed out on.

Phillies owner John Middleton
Phillies owner John Middleton Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“We were going to sign Yamamoto for a lot of money, so we never thought about the budget impact. We thought about it in terms of the competitive impact,” Middleton said. Ta. “Same thing with Hicks and Stevenson. They’re really good players and we thought they would help make a difference.”

Philadelphia is coming off a season in which they lost to the Diamondbacks in the NLCS.