Yankees expected to meet with Masahiro Tanaka

The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are officially underway. CBS Sports reported that Tanaka has touched down in the Los Angeles area and is preparing to meet with as many as a dozen teams by Friday, a group that is expected to include the Yankees. 

The Dodgers, Angels, Cubs, White Sox and Diamondbacks are among the other teams reported to be in the mix for Tanaka, who will likely command a contract in excess of $100 million. Any club signing the 25-year-old right-hander would also be responsible for paying a posting fee, capped at $20 million, to the Rakuten Golden Eagles. 

Tanaka has been identified as the Yankees’ top priority at this time, continuing an offseason of heavy spending in which they have secured free agents Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Teams may negotiate with Tanaka until Jan. 24. 

The Yankees are seeking to upgrade a starting rotation that is currently comprised of CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova in the first three spots. A group of candidates including Michael Pineda, David Phelps and Adam Warren would then compete to fill out the final two slots. 

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The Yanks should not bust the bank for a pitch like Tanaka whose stats may be inflated. Most likely he is an overhyped FA who will cost well over $100 million just to talk to him and sign him. He’s not worth it especially since he hasn’t pitched 1 inning of major league ball. Don’t need to be throwing more down the toilet on a complete unknown who has done nothing in his career.

It would would be mud smarter and wiser to spend money on a known commodity who has experience pitching in the majors and spend it on Matt Garza.

When is this team going to learn, you would think this team would learn its lesson with its long history on overspending on FA’s who turn out to be a waste of money?

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Please don’t break the bank on an unknown!!!!!!

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A big concern for Tanaka is his workload in Japan. He has 200+ IP in two separate seasons and 170+ IP in 6 separate seasons. According to Tom Verducci that is more than any other pitcher his age in the past 35 years, just one more major concern. One last concern is that he has averaged 113.3 per start over the past 5 years, that’s more than Justin Verlander’s 112.9 which is the highest in baseball over the same time period.

Busting the bank on this guy is ridiculous when he could be another Irabu or Igawawful. Let him go to the Dodgers.

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Reblogged this on age10fanatics.

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Yanks should stop their fascination with Japanese pitchers. Over all they’ve spent alot of money with minimal results. They ought to replace the front office starting with Cashman , learn how to evaluate talent and find healthy younger players.It seems that almost everyone they sign has some health issues.

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Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa were alos must haves for the Yankees.

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Following the daily happenings concerning the Yanks, there are really serious problems.It appears, the Bombers are not a club that players want to be with and Cashman and the Steinbrenner “Children” haven’t a clue.

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That sounds more like wishful thinking on you part than anything based on fact

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Hope Hal doesn’t get cheap again. Give the guy what ever he wants and most importantly show him how New York is the greatest city in the world. Show him the Ball room with Ruth’s jersey and bat and all the Yankee greats. Tell him the club will cover all of his travel costs for him and his family. The only thing the west coast teams have going for them is that they are closer to Japan.

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He is a must-have for the Yankees!

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