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The Angels may make a run at Masahiro Tanaka

Sep 17, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT


Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels had a scout in Japan last week to watch Masahiro Tanaka pitch and are “considering making a run” at signing him.

And they may have an improved chance at him given the reported changes to the posting system we noted yesterday. Assuming the changes go through as reported, the Angels will merely need be one of the top three bidders for the right to negotiate with Tanaka, not the top.

And Tanaka may be worth it. He’s 24, is 21-0 with a 1.24 ERA and 155/27 K/BB ratio over 188 innings this season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

  1. jarathen - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    The Angels need to bolster that rotation without diluting their own future draft pools as they continue to streak out of protected pick territory (which has been fun to watch for all the good it does them). Seems like a good idea to me.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      The numbers he’s putting up are ridiculous. I am all for it. Angels could certainly use some pitching.

  2. braddavery - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Can’t wait to see this guy pitch in the Majors…

  3. crackersnap - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Hmmm. Let’s see. LA Angels + Pitcher with Inverted W motion + Bidding War = Gary Matthews Jr. Part 2

  4. khmerson562 - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Lets go get him dodgers

  5. badintent - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    The next Dice K or Yu Darvish. ? Is he dating a porn queen like Yu ? We all saw Moneyball, pro scouts rate prospects on how hot the girlfriends are….. before computer geeks showed up

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