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Report: Masahiro Tanaka is the Diamondbacks’ No. 1 target

Dec 11, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

After pulling off a three-way trade yesterday to land slugger Mark Trumbo, the Diamondbacks are currently looking for an impact starting pitcher via free agency and trade. And FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that they have one name at the top of their list.

Of course, we still don’t know if the Rakuten Golden Eagles will actually post Tanaka. And even if the Diamondbacks make the max bid of $20 million in the new posting process, they’ll face plenty of competition from other teams in order to sign him. The amount of teams in the mix could net him a contract around $100 million when it’s all said and done. That’s a big price for someone who is unproven in the United States, but Tanaka is only 25 years old, and as opposed to signing a free agent like Ervin Santana, he’s not attached to draft pick compensation.

In the interim, the Diamondbacks will continue to monitor alternatives. Rosenthal reported a little while ago that they have met with the agents for both Santana and Matt Garza.

  1. asimonetti88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Is he gritty enough?

    • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      He threw 160 pitches during the playoffs then closed when he wasn’t available. So the answer yes. I think the 20 teams that don’t have an ace should have him as a priority, along with a few that already have one.

  2. tn16 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Her will have atleast 15 teams bid 20 mill to try and sign him

  3. 18thstreet - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Will we get to learn which teams put up the posting fee, or will that be secret?

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I think Dice-K is available as a FA.

  5. basedrum777 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    I think the MLB sort of screwed itselff on this posting fee thing. In an attempt to make everyone be able to bid the max, and to put the majority of the signing $$ towards the cap (posting fee is excluded I believe) they made it such that these guys are BASICALLY a FA where they can pick the team that they want to sign them. According to those who know these things basically in Japan you’re either a Yankees fan or a Yankees fan. So if the players get a say….

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