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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

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