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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 11/26/23

MLB insider details how Yoshi Yamamoto will choose his team; MLB squads facing most offseason pain if they fail to deliver top talent; Yanks minor league pitching gets excellent grades per Baseball America

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SNY | Andy Martino: Yoshinobu Yamamoto was officially posted earlier this week, and will take his time to choose his MLB team wisely. Martino explained the process that the star right-hander and his agency will put in place to evaluate pitches.

Yamamoto, who posted a 1.21 ERA in 164 innings this season with the Orix Buffaloes of the NPB, will begin meeting with interested teams via phone or Zoom next week because he is expected to travel back to Japan, according to sources familiar with the situation. The right-hander will narrow down the list of candidates after the Zoom meetings and then travel back to America for in-person conversations with the finalists. These will take place from Dec. 4-7 in Nashville during the Winter Meetings.

Although Yamamoto needs to sign before Jan. 4, he is expected to do it much earlier. The Yankees and Mets are both very interested in the star 25-year-old — as is nearly half the league.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Lots of MLB teams are facing a crucial offseason. They have money to spend and a need to add a star-level player. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of these. Sherman ranks the MLB organizations facing the most pain if they fail to deliver elite talent.

The Yankees are ranked third in this interesting exercise. The San Francisco Giants, a team that failed to add Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa in the last offseason, are number one, and the Chicago Cubs are second.

“(...) after promising big changes and delivering none to date, Hal Steinbrenner only has one way to alter the conversation — bring in stars, a tactic he has used in the past,” Sherman wrote.

Baseball America | Geoff Pontes and Dylan White: (subscription required): The Yankees earned excellent grades in Baseball America’s metrics to evaluate pitching across the minor leagues.

Their system was second in overall in-zone whiff rate, second in overall chase rate, and third in xwOBA. The Bombers were the only team to rank in the top three across all performance metrics, per the famous prospects specialists.

Here is a bit more about their model and its utility:

“Understanding how each pitch moves to the plate and the traits that impact the ball’s flight allow us to more properly assess the quality of that pitch. In turn, this allows us to get a more accurate understanding of how that pitch will translate against major league hitting.”

BA uses Stuff+ plus some Statcast metrics such as xwOBA, in-zone whiff % and Chase %. Players between 17 and 26 years old were included in their study.