Well, Yoshinibu Yamomoto made his decision:
Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in agreement on an 12-year, $325 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 22, 2023
I still think there are ways to avoid a salary cap and wage suppression in MLB, but it's hard not to feel that something is awry when we know Cleveland won't spend this amount on the salaries of all the players on their roster in a span of three years.
Speaking of players on Cleveland's roster, be sure to check out FanGraphs' Dan Szymborski's strong work in describing the ZiPS projections for the 2024 Cleveland Guardians. They are, generally speaking, pretty positive. I hope to offer more analysis on them soon.
Let's see if things get interesting leading up to Christmas or if MLB executives join Chris Antonetti in the long winter's nap for a bit, here.