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Report: Yankees are “going to be bold” in bidding for Masahiro Tanaka

Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP

We’ve known for quite some time that the Yankees are expected to bid on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears from sources that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to land him:

Sources with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said they are “going to be bold” in bidding on the 25-year-old right-hander when the Rakuten Golden Eagles post him, likely later this month. Just how high the Yankees plan on going is unclear, but executives believe the winning bid for the rights to negotiate a contract with Tanaka will top $75 million, nearly a 50 percent premium over the posting fees for Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

While a posting fee in the range of $75 million would establish a new record for a player coming over from Nippon Professional Baseball, it would not count towards a team’s luxury tax, which obviously appeals to the Yankees. Of course, the two sides would still have to agree on a contract, and we can probably expect something similar to the six-year, $60 million deal the Rangers gave to Darvish.

As Passan notes, the interesting angle with Tanaka is that we’re not sure how the posting process will work this time around, as MLB and NPB are currently negotiating on changes which could allow for the player to have more control on where they’ll end up. George A. King III of the New York Post reported earlier today that a resolution could still be “several weeks away.” The Yankees appear willing to outbid everyone in order to get their man, but the timing could complicate some offseason plans.

  1. bubbalynch - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Dodgers brass says, Bring the noise NY!

  2. drewzducks - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I wouldn’t consider a Jeter gift basket bold. Creative yes, bold no.

  3. favrewillplay4ever - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Please don’t be like hideki irabu!

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      The opposite of this.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Matsuzaka is the comparable that I am thinking of.

    • dan1111 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Irabu and Matsuzaka never pitched like he has. He has a 1.44 ERA over the last three seasons.

      That is similar to Darvish’s level of dominance, and he has worked out pretty well.

  4. tn16 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Jays will bid 85 mill

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Keep it up. Force the Yankees to overpay. Just remember that his team abused his arm in the Japanese championship series. His future could be similar to Matsuzaka.

      • theskinsman - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        His future could be similar to Matsuzaka. Without the smoke and mirrors 15-3 season…

  5. losangelesfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    The Dodgers offer will be bolder. L.A. is closer to Japan than N.Y. Kuroda would still be here if it wasn’t for McCourt. The Yankees ‘Evil Empire’ days are over, Johnny.

  6. chill1184 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong that when it comes to international signings the money does NOT count towards the luxury tax correct?

    • happytwinsfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      hope so

      • happytwinsfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        i mean i hope it does count. dern double negative

    • pipkin42 - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Major League contracts count toward the luxury tax.

    • vegasgiantguy - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      The contract counts but the posting fee does not.

  7. m3dman3 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Welcome to the best sports franchise in the world.

  8. baseball7500 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Cubs will outbid everyone

  9. 18thstreet - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I really like the metaphors at this time of year. It’s like they’re going to make him in a barbeque sauce or something.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Very soon we will hear that they have progressed from being “bold” to being “all in”.

  10. pisano - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Just don’t let this guy be another Kei Igawa.

  11. happytwinsfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    this makes me hope that a rod does well in his appeal so the yankees have to pay as much as possible of the remainder of his contract. let the back end of a rod’s contract be the yankee version of the curse of the bambino. no soup for the yankees for the next three years!

  12. jm91rs - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Anyone else think that guy looks really old for 25?

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      I was thinking the same thing.

  13. spacemaker101 - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    and the Yankees are still going to suck next year.. Idc how bold their price is

  14. spc7ray - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    This one is hard to guess–The Yankees might very well overspend for this guy–Everyone says he is as good as Darvish–The Dodgers really need to check him out–He will cost at least 20 million a year for 5 years- maybe more- they really need to look at him

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