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Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to be posted after all

Dec 16, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP

This morning there was a report that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would try to persuade Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan. Now, late this afternoon, comes word that they will grant his wish to be posed after all. The report comes from, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

As previously reported, the new posting system has a maximum bid of $20 million, so there will be no shortage of teams interested in bidding on the phenomenally talented Tanaka. So far reports are that the Yankees, Cubs, Angels, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are going to bid, and no doubt many others will as well.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Let the fun begin and the money flow. One way or another Tanaka is going to be a very rich ballplayer. We will soon be able to separate the pretenders for his services from the contenders for his services to ultimately the winner of his services.

    • rje49 - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Yup, there ya go, Yankees. Throw the cash at um. Build that team!

      • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        I’m sure the Yankees are the only team that throw money at players. Where have you been the last 3 years with the Angels, Rangers, Tigers, Marlins, Jays and Dodgers and even the Red Sox when they threw $300MM at Crawford and Gonzo. Wake up every team does it now even the pathetic Seattle Mariners.

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Gentlemen, (I use that term very loosely here to be sure) start your engines! this should be an interesting tilt now since quite a few teams should be at least capable of the 20 million posting fee. It now becomes a question of how much are teams going to pay for someone untried at MLB levels, and where Tanaka wants to spend the home half of the season.

  3. bronxbomber213 - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Yanks need him badly

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      My guess is aside from the posting fee of $20MM it’s going to take something north of $16 or $17MM per to sign him. My guess is also the Yankees would sooner pay that to a 25 years old Tanaka then to any of the top 3 other M:LB free agents on the market this year: Garza, Jimenez or Ervin Santana.
      Although personally I like Jimenez.

      If the Yankees are fortunate to win the battle for Tanaka then they can look to next years free agent class for another starter which right now looks like a good class.

      • bronxbomber213 - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        I agree they def cannot skate by with 10 mill a year it’s gonna absolutly cost about what you said 17+ mill..I hope they get him!! CC Kuroda nova tanaka and…. Pineda? (I hope he’s healthy I think he could be good) we shall see I guess!!

  4. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Yes the Yankees need to hand out another large contract that will count towards the luxury tax, for an unknown talent.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      What no love for the apparent return of the Yankees free and generous spending spirit.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    “It moved.” -Randy Levine

    • slartibartfast4242 - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      …said after watching Tia Tanaka

  6. aphillieated - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Make it happen Ruben!

  7. f.verd - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I don’t think Tanaka will sign with the Yankees simply because #18 is already taken (Kuroda). Do we really think he would accept a contract from a team that couldn’t give him the respect he thinks he deserves? Once again, we see the Yankees disrespecting a player…

    • yournuts - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      F. verd, The only disrespect I see is you and your insanely stupid comment. If you’re referring to 25 Million a year is disrespecting Robbie Cano then you must be one sorry dude. The Yankee’s offered more money to Cano but less years. Are you ignorant or just DUMB? Inquiring minds want to know. Interesting enough now I can’t think of any team that will give a ten year contract to any player. It has never really worked out. If Cano is soooooo good then lets see what his worth would be on the open market in 7 years?

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Since most of the MLB teams have the #18 already assigned to current players including the Dodgers and Rangers your argument doesn’t really hold water. Besides even if you take your comment as face value do you honestly believe that a player having the choice of a $100MM contract for having to choose a number other then 18 is that hard of a choice, get real.

  8. jayquintana - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Good time to be a free agent pitcher. The market’s going to go nuts for a perceived number one.

    Hope he’s the real deal and not another Dice-K.

  9. kingkershaw - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Tanaka, And Haren. Billingsly/Beckett for swingmen. The Tigers and Mariners rotations just covered their faces.

  10. doctornature - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Saw a comment last week that suggested bidding for Tanaka will reach 200 Million or more. That may be a little high, but with a 25 year old pitcher like Kershaw reportedly turning down $300 million from his team, and with the Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers for sure in the bidding…and probably the Angels, Red Sox, Mariners,Cubs and who knows else ripe with new TV money, 200 Million might actually be close to what he gets. Personally, I hope the Dodgers get him, but with Darvish having so much success I can see the Rangers making a strong offer, and the Yankees staff is so bad you KNOW they are going to be in it to the bitter end. This has the makings of a feeding frenzy of Great White Sharks over a huge piece of bloody red meat, and ought to be the most insanely rumored and written about FA deal of all time. The Hot Stove League just got insanely hot.

  11. eaglessuperfan - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I admit tot knowing anything about the Japanese league. Do they have the designated hitter in Japan? I also have not seen the Phillies mentioned as a possible destination. We all know the Ruben Amaro is obessed with pitching and will out pay pretty much anyone for it. Just a thought

  12. yournuts - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Word out of Japan is that Tanaka wants to be a Yankee and be teammates with Kuroda and his idol Ichiro Suzuki.

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