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Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s Dodgers contract opt-outs tied to health

The two opt-outs in Yoshinobu Yamamoto's historic 12-year, $325 million contract are related to the condition of his right elbow.

2031 (eighth) and 2033 (10th) if Yamamoto undergoes Tommy John surgery or spends at least 134 consecutive days on injured reserve during the first six years of his contract from 2024-29. You may opt out of this Agreement by following. his contract season, According to the Associated Press.

In this scenario, the Dodgers would also receive a conditional $10 million option in 2036 without a buyout, according to the Associated Press.

However, if the Japanese ace can stay healthy through his first six seasons, he could opt out after the 2029 (sixth season) and 2031 seasons, giving him a chance to reap the benefits sooner.

Yamamoto, 25, cannot prevent a trade, but he can opt out after the season he is traded.


Yoshinobu Yamamoto can opt out of his contract twice. AP

The Dodgers aren't making a mockery of the luxury tax with a postponement like they did with Shohei Ohtani's contract, but Yamamoto's contract was backloaded.

According to the Associated Press, he will earn $5 million in 2024, $10 million in 2025, $12 million in 2026, followed by $26 million in 2027-29, $29 million in 2030-31 and $20 million in 2032. It is scheduled to be raised to $28 million in 2035.

The right-hand man's contract also includes a full-time interpreter, physical therapist, personal trainer, hotel suites on road trips, and five round trip air tickets a year, according to reports.


Yoshinobu Yamamoto wearing a Dodgers hat.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto wearing a Dodgers hat. AP

Yamamoto's contract is $1 million more than Gerrit Cole's nine-year total of $324 million, making it the largest pitching contract in MLB history.

The Dodgers won a competition with the Mets and Yankees to acquire Yamamoto, who played in Japan's Pacific League.

With Yamamoto, Ohtani and Tyler Glasnow receiving $110 million contract extensions, the Dodgers spent more than $1 billion trying to win their first non-pandemic championship since 1988.

The Dodgers are FanDuel's favorite to win the 2024 World Series.

Their +380 odds are well ahead of the second-place Atlanta Braves at +650.

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