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Phillies’ offer to Yamamoto is nightmare fuel for the Braves’ playoff chances.

Aug 4, 2021; Yokohama, Japan; Team Japan pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (17) reacts against Korea in a

During the current run that the Atlanta Braves have been on since 2018, a lot has gone right. They have won six straight division titles, have made multiple deep playoff runs including winning the World Series in 2021, and the team appears to be set up for success for the long haul. However, one recent obstacle that they have struggled to overcome is how they match up with the Philadelphia Phillies.

As things stand right now, the Phillies probably aren’t going to threaten the Braves’ NL East dominance as the sheer depth of the Braves’ roster is likely to carry them further over the course of a long regular season. However, there is no denying that with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola at the top of their rotation and with guys like Trea Turner and Bryce Harper in their lineup, they are a brutal matchup in a postseason series for any team. Unfortunately, the Braves have found that out the last couple of years despite their in-division supremacy.

Unfortunately, there is a very real chance that that particular situation could get even worse for the Braves as the Phillies have reportedly made an aggressive offer for the best starting pitcher on the market, Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Phillies offer to Yamamoto could be a disaster for the Braves

It isn’t that surprising that the Phillies are in on Yamamoto. Dave Dombrowski has always been a guy that goes after the biggest names on the market and the Phillies, despite their flaws, are coming off back to back deep postseason runs and have already invested quite a bit in their current competitive window. While they probably need a bat more than a rotation arm, a talent like Yamamoto’s is hard to pass up.

The good news is that the Phillies signing Yamamoto doesn’t appear to be very likely. The reports from Matt Gelb at The Athletic and from Alex Coffey at the Philadelphia Inquirer both indicate that Philly’s offer is not likely to be the largest offer that Yamamoto gets and teams like the Mets (gross), Yankees, Dodgers (double gross), and Giants are all more likely destinations for him.

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