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Yoshinobu Yamamoto now tops the list of the biggest pitcher contracts in MLB history

In a stunning turn, Yamamoto has chosen the Dodgers — and made some baseball history in the process.

Shohei Ohtani of Team Japan celebrates with teammates after a 3-2 victory over Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic Championship game at loanDepot Park on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially pulled off the biggest offseason two-step in MLB history, landing Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto just weeks after reeling in Shohei Ohtani. Word broke late Thursday night that the righty had agreed to terms on a deal with L.A., picking the Dodgers over a who’s who of big-market teams like the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Red Sox. While it seemed like New York was in the catbird’s seat, in the end, the Dodgers were favorites for a reason: They simply checked too many boxes, from the Japanese connection with Ohtani to a star-studded core of Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Clayton Kershaw and others to a convenient West Coast location that keeps Yamamoto close to his native Japan.

Of course, in addition to all that, they also handed the 25-year-old the bag — to the tune of a whopping $325 million over 12 years, setting a new record for a pitcher. It was long assumed that the bidding war for Yamamoto would reach stratospheric heights, given his age and frontline stuff. But hardly anyone saw this record falling for a pitcher who’s yet to take the mound in a Major League game. To get a sense of just where Yamamoto’s megadeal fits into baseball history, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 biggest contracts ever handed out to a pitcher. Take a look.

Biggest pitcher contracts in MLB history (by total value)

Biggest pitcher contracts in MLB history

PLAYER TEAM TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACT LENGTH YEARS
PLAYER TEAM TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACT LENGTH YEARS
Yoshinobu Yamamoto Dodgers $325 million 12 years 2024-2035
Gerrit Cole Yankees $324 million Nine years 2020-2028
Stephen Strasburg Nationals $245 million Seven years 2020-2026
David Price Red Sox $217 million Seven years 2016-2022
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers $215 million Seven years 2014-2020
Max Scherzer Nationals $210 million Seven years 2015-2021
Zack Greinke Diamondbacks $206.5 million Six years 2016-2021
Jacob deGrom Rangers $185 million Five years 2023-2027