The Phillies have been awful quiet during the Major League Baseball Hot Stove League, but could business be about to pick up?

According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the Phillies have made an offer to 25-year-old free-agent Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

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Yamamoto is considered the top free agent on the market.

So how likely is it that the Phillies can land Yamamoto?

Yamamoto did not visit Philadelphia this month as he conducted meetings with teams. The Phillies, throughout this process, have not been quite sure if their interest in Yamamoto was reciprocated. They likely will not be the highest bidders. All of that is working against them in this free-agent pursuit.

Yamamoto has won three straight MVP awards and three consecutive Sawamura Awards, Japan's version of the Cy Young.

Overall in Japan he is 70-29 with a 1.82 ERA, including an incredible 2023 season where he went 16-6 in 24 starts with a 1.16 ERA and 0.860 WHIP in 171 innings pitched.

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He would slide right into to the top of the Phillies rotation with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola and give the Phillies one of the most formidable rotations in baseball.

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