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The Angels are interested in Masahiro Tanaka

Jan 2, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

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Lots of teams are, but now that he’s posted it’s worth keeping track of who is actually going to be in on the bidding. The Angels are one of those teams, says Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

A rotation that goes Jered WeaverC.J. Wilson-Tanaka would be pretty sweet in the crazy-competitive AL West.


  1. banksatdixie - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Nah. They locked up Mulder. Good to go.

  2. xdj511 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Today on HBT: 25 posts about teams that are interested in Masahiro Tanaka.

    • number42is1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM


      • xdj511 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Well we already had the Yankees post… not sure if there was one about the Red Sox… and you have to figure the Marlins are out of it… you can debate about who those other 2-3 teams that would be left out of the “interested in Masahiro Tanaka” discussion are.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        31? That means we’ll have more than one post per team right?

      • missthemexpos - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Never count out the Marlins, they could sign him and flip him a year out for prospects.

      • xdj511 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        I would laugh harder than anyone else if he somehow ended up with the Marlins, but I can’t fathom a scenario where they would cough up the $20 million posting fee plus what it would actually take to sign him. There is no haul of prospects in the world worth that kind of payout.

  3. kash71 - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Imagine of instead of Hamilton, they could have had a rotation of Greinke, Wilson, Weaver.

    • crackersnap - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM


      They WANTED a rotation of Greinke, Wilson, Weaver instead of signing Hamilton. They chased Greinke hard, only to be the final team to lose at the end to a Dodger franchise that was willing to outspend anybody else for Greinke.

      It was only AFTER they lost the bidding war for Greinke that they turned their checkbook to Plan B, which was the notion that no decent arms were left to bolster the pitching staff so they might need to have to out slug everybody. And that Plan B was manifest in the Hamilton signing. That, of course, didn’t work out, either.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    How about a list of teams that will NOT be involved? You know like the bluejays?

    • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      How about a list of correspondents who can’t get their heads out of their asses? You know, like yourself?

  5. nymets4ever - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    CJ Wilson is a nice example of a 5-year contract that has worked out great. Good to see a player perform well over the length of his deal, earn his money, and silence all the contract-bashers.

    • zzalapski - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      You forgot to add “So far,” to the beginning of your post. There are still three more years to go on that deal.

  6. pisano - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    As a Yankee fan, I hope they ( Angels ) land him.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Happy New Year my friend. Actually I hope the Yankees get him, but I really think the Angels will wind up signing him. We all know Moreno isn’t afraid to to throw around the dollars and the years on contracts. In any case in about 2 or 3 weeks we will find out.

  7. ramrene - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    When is the ‘Dodger’s are interested in Masahiro Tanaka’ post going to be up?

  8. greej1938l - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Naw Brewers an A’s. Surely don’t have money for that…count them out

  9. markofapro - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I like Weaver but something tells me he is on a down tick

  10. jwbiii - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM





  11. shawnuel - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I think Weaver is clearly declining and Wilson as well, but in a more subtle fashion.Wilson bounced back after a poor 2012 but both hurlers are experiencing velocity declines and are getting fewer swinging strikes. Neither is getting younger.

    • judahbenhur - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      How did Wilson have a bad first year when he made the All-Star team? The second half of that season he was injured, still pitched, but wasn’t bad. Last year he was great, among the leaders for left handed starters. Weaver was awesome last year. He couldn’t help breaking his non pitching arm– should be his usual number one self.

  12. cackalackyank - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    My basic reaction to the title of this post: DUH!

  13. yordo - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Posturing. Their rotation is already crowded.

  14. jamesweltyms - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    If the Angels sign Tanaka can they still afford Trout? A consensus building here ( is that Trout will cost 11 years and $336MM+.

    • isaiah007 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Resigning Trout money wise is a non issue. The Angels aren’t some small market team. They are paying Vernon Wells 18 million to play for someone else. When Trout is up everybody on the roster is off the books except Albert. Now if someone wants to pay him 15/500 or something outrages then so be it.

      • cackalackyank - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Good point. However if I was the Angels I would be moving mountains to try and buy out Trout’s arb eligibility ASAP. Trout would seem likely to set some arb records assuming he remains healthy.

    • judahbenhur - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Sure they can. Next year Blanton’s 8 million and Vernon Wells’s 20 million come off the books. They’ll use that money to sign a long term deal.

  15. davidbrentfan - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    can’t believe that someone is going to pay so much for an unproven, small-dicked jap pitcher.

  16. hildezero - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    “A rotation that goes Jered Weaver-C.J. Wilson-Tanaka would be pretty sweet in the crazy-competitive AL West.”

    Says the knucklehead journalist that’s cocky and always bias of Los Angeles baseball teams. You should be fired.

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