Latest on Mets and Yankees target Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Giants are monitoring the situation

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Aug 4, 2021; Yokohama, Japan; Team Japan pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (17) throws a pitch against Korea in a baseball semifinal match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Aug 4, 2021; Yokohama, Japan; Team Japan pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (17) throws a pitch against Korea in a baseball semifinal match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. / Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the latest news and buzz on Mets and Yankees target Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Oct. 10, 8:34 a.m.

The Giants are among the teams that have scouted Yamamoto, whom president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi heaped praise on last week.

“It’s been a pilgrimage over there from front office people to see him,” Zaidi said during an appearance on the Giants Talk Podcast. “He’s really one of the top starting pitchers in the world. I know it sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not.

“It sounds like a big statement, but yeah, I think both of those guys will attract some interest and we’re just continuing to do our work on them in anticipation of their posting in a couple of months.”

In addition to Yamamoto, Zaidi was referring to KBO MVP Jung Hoo Lee, who will also be posted this offseason.

The Giants have taken big swings on multiple elite free agents recently. They charged hard after Aaron Judge only to see him return to the Yankees, and had a deal in place this past offseason with Carlos Correa before things fell apart over his physical.

Oct. 5, 5:20 p.m.

The Mets and Yankees are expected to be on Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto but some rival GMs reportedly expect the team from Flushing to go big when he’s posted.

According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, some rival GMs feel the Mets will be a high bidder. The team has Kodai SengaYamamoto’s friend, on the roster and Yamamoto’s medicals are better than the Mets rookie. That likely means Yamamoto will sign a bigger contract than the $75 million the 30-year-old Senga got, although one GM believes Yamamoto’s size would give him pause. the right-hander is 5-foot-10.

One rival GM thought Yamamoto, 25, could garner as much as $200 million.

Aside from the two New York teams, the Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Rangers are among the team who have heavily scouted Yamamoto.

Sept. 12, 11:47 a.m.

The latest team to send one of their top executives to see Yamamoto pitch will be the Cubs, whose president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer will attend the star right-hander’s next start, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Per USA Today, there were 29 MLB scouts at Senga’s no-hitter last week.

Sept. 9, 12:40 p.m.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was at Yamamoto’s no-hitter in Japan on Thursday, along with representatives from a host of other teams, reports SNY’s Andy Martino.

According to a league source, the other teams in attendance included the Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals.

Mets GM Billy Eppler flew to Japan earlier this season and personally scouted Yamamoto.

Aug. 18, 9:03 a.m.

Kodai Senga spoke about the possibility of the Mets signing Yamamoto, and said he’s happy to help when it comes to recruiting.

“I have known him since he was 20 years old,” Senga told the New York Post through an interpreter. “He’s been at the top level since he was very young, and I know he has a ton of talent. He is an amazing player.

“He’s an amazing pitcher all around. He has velocity, he can throw hard. He has good control and command. He can also throw off-speed that has a ton of break.”

Added Senga:

“He still has the rest of the season to get through, healthy hopefully, and the posting system,” “I think once that goes through, the team might ask me and [Yamamoto] might ask me as well, and I would like to speak to both of them.”

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