The Los Angeles Dodgers seem set on creating a juggernaut superteam of unfairly good proportions, but they're still missing something: starting pitching. Securing Tyler Glasnow, who signed a five-year extension, is a step in the right direction for an otherwise ailing or too young rotation, but at least one or two more starting arms is a must for LA.
Now that Shohei Ohtani is locked in, all eyes are on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who seems to be taking his sweet, sweet time making a decision as the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, and more fall over themselves to court him. The Dodgers have already met with him and rallied Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and Freddie Freeman to take part in their presentation to woo him, but could the real ringer be Glasnow, their newest addition?
During an interview on Foul Territory, Glasnow said he wasn't part of the pitch for Yamamoto, but he did make a point of saying that he and Yamamoto share an agent.
Tyler Glasnow’s arrival in LA might’ve been plan to help Dodgers with Yoshinobu Yamamoto
Host Hannah Keyser asked Glasnow to make a pitch for Yamamoto in the same way that Ohtani, Betts, and Freeman were called to do during their meeting with the righty at Dodger Stadium. Glasnow cited the quality of life in LA, the opportunity to play with Ohtani, and the positivity of the fans and media surrounding the team. It's likely that all of those things were mentioned during Yamamoto's visit, and he seems to have already started getting a taste of what living in LA would be like.
For the Dodgers, all of their wins seem to be adding up or contributing to their next wins. They got Ohtani, Ohtani helped get Glasnow, and now Glasnow and Ohtani might help get Yamamoto, whose agent knows exactly what the Dodgers' willingness to extend themselves really amounts to. "Juggernaut superteam" is seemingly less and less of an exaggeration with every move the Dodgers make, and getting Yamamoto would just set it in stone.
On Foul Territory, Glasnow vowed to shoot his agent a text to try to get the inside line on Yamamoto's decision-making. If nothing else, it'll reaffirm their loose connection and may remind Yamamoto that he has more than a few friendly faces waiting for him in LA.