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D-Backs reps willing to fly to Japan to meet with Masahiro Tanaka

Dec 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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Nick Piecoro of AZ Central is reporting that Diamondbacks officials are willing to fly to Japan to court Masahiro Tanaka. Nothing has been scheduled yet but the interest is there.

The Diamondbacks have had an active off-season, getting involved in two separate three-team trades. In the more recent of the two, they picked up Mark Trumbo from the Angels. They also picked up closer Addison Reed from the White Sox in a separate deal.

Aside from the Dodgers, the NL West is relatively weak, so the Diamondbacks are picking up a lot of ground in a winnable division. Adding Tanaka would be a huge boon to their playoff hopes.

  1. cackalackyank - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Its a great business expense tax write off. I assume the plane leaves before midnight on the 31st?

    I would think that when it gets serious either the real contenders will fly to Japan, or have him over for a visit. Maybe I am disremembering but I seem to think that Dice-K, and Igawa both came for visits to the states before they finalized the deal. I do not remember about Darvish. Of course with the previous named players there was only one team to visit…

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      wait a minute, you have to go see him, oh really.
      this dude better be the real deal.

  2. oztotten008 - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    HEctor Santiago went to the Angels, not the DBacks, so they only got Trumbo in the deal.

    • Bill Baer - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks for catching that. Misread the transactions page on BBref.

  3. bubbalynch - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    This division is not winnable, don’t kid yourself. The Dodgers have it wrapped up for years to come.

  4. hildezero - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    This division is winnable. Don’t kid yourself.

  5. brianc6234 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    What? So Tanaka wants to come to the US but teams have to go to Japan to talk to him? Get over here you bum. Make it look like you care at least. Just think of all of the fuel wasted if every team has to do this. And all of the pollution.

    • Maxa - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      If anything, it should be Tanaka who pays MLB for the right to play, really.

  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    I guess that they do not plan to quietly slip into the bidding. By meeting him, will they find out if he has True Grit?

  7. NatsLady - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Putting on a show for the AZ fans, then bidding just below the top-tier. “We tried, we really tried.”

  8. gbrim - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    DBacks have an awfully thin wallet to be competing in this territory. They need to take notes on how the Rays stretch their small budget to great success, and maybe adjust to allow a few big contracts to their home-grown talent since they do have a bigger budget than the Rays. But their wallet can’t compete in bidding wars and ‘winning’ this one might do more long-term damage than losing it.

  9. lanflfan - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Why would Tanaka go to a county and state with a blatantly racist sheriff? Or would “America’s Toughest Sheriff” (I say that in utter disgust for his actions) make an exception in this case?

  10. blynch67 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    If Tanaka really wants to go to Arizona, he should sign with the Dodgers so he can pee in their pool for years to come.

    This is really just a D-Backs PR blitz for the benefit of their fans. The D-Backs aren’t going to outbid the Yanks or the Dodgers, or Mariners, Red Sox, etc.

  11. braddavery - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    There will be only 5 to 10 times with REAL interest in signing Tanaka. The rest are just doing their “due diligence” for lip service for their fan base.

  12. yordo - Jan 1, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Now they’ll be able to say they met the GOAT. They have no intention of signing him, but they’re desperately trying to block Archie Bradley.

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