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According to Japanese report, five teams have made offers to right-hander Masahiro Tanaka

Jan 18, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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MLB Trade Rumors’ Aaron Steen provides the translation of this report from Japanese news service Nikkan Sports:

Clubs angling to sign Masahiro Tanaka made formal offers by Jan. 16, Nikkan Sports reports (Japanese link). The list of teams includes the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs, with nearly all clubs putting together offers worth more than $100MM over six years.

Noticeably absent from that list are the Angels, who could really use another front-line starter and were thought to be a potential Tanaka suitor but apparently don’t have room in the budget to make such a massive financial commitment.

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported Saturday morning that the Cubs are the “lead team” to sign the 25-year-old Tanaka, but this bidding process has been shrouded in mystery and there probably won’t be much factual reporting on the exact offers until after the Japanese right-hander settles with a team.

For what it’s worth, Nikkan Sports pegs the D’Backs’ proposal at six years and nearly $120 million.

Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season for the NPB’s Rakuten Golden Eagles.

His signing deadline is January 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET. That’s next Friday evening.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    The bidding process appears to be entering the critical stage. It looks like 5 clubs have decided they want to make Tanaka an important piece of their team. In six days or less we will find out what team Tanaka has chosen.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Part of me would like the Yankees to win the bidding war and part of me would prefer that they use the money they would have spent to sign Jimenez and either Drew to play 2nd or 3rd base or Grant Balfour (if he’s healthy) to work the late innings with Robertson in the bullpen.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        You don’t want Jimenez to pitch in New York. The dude is fragile, and if he’s struggles, the fans and media would rip him apart. Just think of Carl Pavano. You might prefer to sign Ervin Santana.

      • spudchukar - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I am in your court. UYF, my friend, I am of the belief that Jimenez isn’t the pitcher the Yanks should pursue. I read somewhere that in 2013 he threw less than 50% fastballs. Maybe that strategy works for awhile, but my guess is that teams will catch up to that.

        If the Yankees miss out of Tanaka, then rather than complicating their misery by adding so-so #4 and #5 guys they ought to go with what they have. Find out if their in-house answers can cut it. I know it is hard to entertain the idea that 2014 isn’t a contending year, but it is hard to see how the current roster is going to result in anything but a wild card slot, at best, and most likely an early post-season exit.

        I say “bite the bullet”, let as many kids play as possible, and see what develops. If all the regulars bounce back and stay healthy, which is highly unlikely, then make moves at the trade deadline for a play-off push.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        @ spudchukar, I don’t believe that the Yankees spent almost $300MM on 3 name position players to start the season with with just: CC, Kuroda, Nova and 2 of the following: Phelps/Warren/Pineda and Nuno.

        Besides Kuroda probably gone next season so even if the stay in house the Yankees will still need a starter next year. I’d rather they not need to sign 2 starters next year in the in house options didn’t work out.

        The Yankees are going to have a lot on their plate for the 2015 season without having to worry about signing 2 FA pitchers if they stay in house for the final 2 rotation spots this year. They will probably need to replace Jeter, potentially A-Rod and potentially 2nd base as well as Gardner and Robertson being FA.and a 4th outfielder. Although the 4th outfielder I’m pretty confident can come from in house prospect options.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        @ Kevin, I’m not sure what you mean by fragile but Jimenez has started at least 31 games for the last 6 years (2008/2013).

      • Kevin S. - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Maybe fragile’s not the best word, but Ubaldo, despite taking the ball every fifth day, does not get deep into his starts. He’s been averaging about 5 2/3 innings per start over the past three years. That’s just not good enough for a guy who’s only been above average on a per-inning basis one of those three years. Too many red flags to commit significant money to Jimenez, IMO.

      • spudchukar - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Kevin I am with you here. And UYF, despite the McCann and Ellsbury signings, there are just to many holes, too many hopes of old guys regaining form and getting and staying healthy. Why waste not only the cash, but the playing time for guys who aren’t going to excel.

        Spending large amounts of cash for superior talent makes sense to me, but patching holes with guys with low ceilings just doesn’t cut it. I understand, being the devoted fan that you are, that you believe the Yankees can catch magic in a bottle, but if Tanaka goes elsewhere, it is hard to see how they can contend.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Completely agree with everything you said, spuds. Signing Tanaka, signing Drew, trading for somebody like Aramis Ramirez (don’t know if he’s available, but somebody floated the idea and I kind of like it) are high-impact moves at positions where the Yankees’ current option basically is the theoretical replacement-level player. If Ubaldo winds up getting Lohse’d by the QO, that would be a different case, but with his velo, pitch selection, walk rates and ground ball rates trending in the wrong direction, I think it’s clear that the ace is gone, and I just can’t buy into his 2014 ERA, even back by his strong K and HR rates. Not at the contract levels I think he’ll command. There’s just too much downside there.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        @ spud…, “if Tanaka goes elsewhere, it is hard to see how they can contend…” It was hard to see how they (Yankees) could contend last year as well when the season opened, but they did until about the last week of the season. Sure one could say they were lucky to win some of the games they won but luck is all part of the game.
        I just as much as anyone on this board realize the Yankees have holes to file, I would just prefer that the Yankees not have to fill any more holes then they have to in any given year. If that means signing a starting pitcher this year instead of having to sign 2 starting pitchers along with a starting SS a starting 3rd baseman potentially a starting 2nd baseman a starting LF’er and closer since both Gardner and Robertson are FA’s. Then I prefer to sign that one starter this year. Would it be ideal if the Yankees could sign Tanaka, Drew and Balfour (if he’s healthy, sure but that’s unlikely to happen this off season. As another poster suggested or threw out the name Aramis Ramirez would he be nice IF the Brewers made him available, sure. But that’s unlikely to happen.
        The only point I’m trying to make is you start from somewhere and work your way up from there. At the end of the 2013 season the Yankees had/have a lot of issues they needed to start to address for both this season and the 2015 season. They have made a good start and they have addressed some areas of critical need. They aren’t finished and some of their needs may just have to wait until 2015.

        @ Kevin S, I don’t think any of us know what it will take to sign Jimenez or Garza at this point. I don’t think it’s a good idea to write any one of them off at this point because of some preconceived idea we may have that they will cost to much. Personally, I think it’s extremely likely that one or both of them could be had by some team for 3 years guaranteed and possibly a 4th year vesting option for something in the area of $13MM per. I could be wrong, but if they could be either one is well worth the risk in my opinion.

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Seems we are near agreement. I hear your argument, I just don’t happen to believe that Jimenez, Arroyo, Garza or Santana are long-term answers. Perhaps the Yanks might sign one of the group on a one year plus option or two year deal, since according to most authorities the 2015 FA class is weak. And since the Yanks won’t have any more trading chips within their organization again in 2015, the chances to improve via FA will be remarkably slim.

        Balfour might be the best move. He should be good for awhile, if you disregard the injury worries the O’s had. The likely pitching candidates in 2015 include Bailey, Cueto, J. Johnson, J. Masterson, Morrow, and the more coveted Scherzer and Shields. My guess is that Bailey and Masterson will be dealt if not signed long term by their respective clubs. And Scherzer might join that duo. So the Yankees might be relegated to the Cueto, J. Johnson, Morrow, or Shields quad.

        According to releases from the Bronx brass, they plan on “blowing up” the foreign draft market, paying whatever penalties come their way, but even so it is hard to see how any of those guys will be Major League ready by 2015. Not a rosy picture.

      • 950003cups - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        He’s signing with the Mets. Already a done deal behind closed doors.

    • km9000 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Also, all five of those clubs are in MLB. And it looks like whichever team he joins, he’ll be a pitcher for them.

      • leroysbutler - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Only four of those clubs are in MLB. I believe the Cubs were the fifth team mentioned.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    notice the bluejays are not listed, that’s because they are one of the “welfare” teams in MLB, they just sit back and collect money from other teams, losers!

    • spudchukar - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      You are fuc*ing pathetic.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        below me

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Nothing is below you.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        read it again, real slowly genius

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        You are so stupid you actually believe I didn’t get it the first time.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        I know you didn’t get it the first time, that’s why I told you read is slowly

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:31 PM

  3. spudchukar - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    What is interesting, and still unclear, is whether or not teams will be given the opportunity to “up the ante”, or not. Hard to believe an agent wouldn’t allow teams at least a second chance, but if not “hats off” to the Tanaka/Close camp.

    • racksie - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      With roughly 40% of their 2014 salary tied up in two aging, overpaid players, in Pujols and Hamilton,and one guy who is not only on the team, may not even be in baseball next year, in Vernon Wells who was designated for assignment by the Yankees and is basically a league minimum pickup by any other team, because the Angels are on the hook for about $18 million this year, not a shock the Angels are out.

      • sawxalicious - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:17 AM

        The addition of Tanaka would absolutely not put the Angels into the post season. They have too much dead weight. If Pujols and Hamilton reverted to their primes (not going to happen) then maybe he’d put them over the top. They should be in rebuilding mode, but that’s kinda tough with the salary commitments they have.

  4. canadatude - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Dirty Harry is both mis-informed and ignorant of the facts. Jays are not a welfare team by any means, and I am sure they are out there with an offer as well. That’s how repeating grade 2 four times helped Harry’s math!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      your post makes zero sense, but then again why should I be surprised by that

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I would crap a golden snake if the Dbacks get him.

  6. happytwinsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    so the yankees are mere mortals like the rest of us. so far they’re ellsbury + mccann – cano – pettite, that’s a wash, at best. if they hit on all of their off season bets they’re a 90 win team, if they miss on all they’re a 75 win team, with a tired farm system. of course they got the credit line to say to hell with the luxury tax and sign tanaka or whoever, but that just prolongs the illusion. as good inevitably triumphs over evil, the empire is humbled. god’s will.

    • braddavery - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      You forgot someone.

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        by god you’re right. Riveria. i wasn’t counting arod because they only had him for about 1/4 of last year. besides, at the this point in his career is absence is mainly significant because the guy behind him is a AAA player.

      • braddavery - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Plus the Yankees added Beltran.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      @ Happytwinsfans, it’s actually funny to see a Twins fan criticize any team let alone the Yankees. Even as beat up as the Yankees were last season with injuries they still held a 5-2 game advantage over the Twins during the season.

      BTW, Soriano as pretty much the full time DH and 4th outfield beats the hodgepodge of players the Yankees employed for both those positions last season. They also have Beltran who is better then the Wells/Ichiro combination. They also have Tex back and yes there is some concern about how his wrist will hold up but until he shows it’s an issue he’s better then the combination they had at 1st last year and the same goes for Jeter. Even though Jeter may show some signs of his age and not the best defensive SS in the league he’s still better then the crew they rotated out there at SS last year.

      By just looking at or comparing the Ellsbury and McCann to the Cano and Pettitte subtractions you are looking at the 2014 Yankees with tunnel vision.

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        you’re right, i don’t know that much about the yankees because, believe it or not, i don’t care much about them either way. but you have to admit, that although there might be some reason for optimism per what you point out, for the next couple of years they have the back end contract blues, and if i understand correctly, if their payroll goes 1 dollar above 189 million, they fail to reset their luxury tax level of 50% which could have considerable consequences for 2015 on. and at the same time, if they don’t get their mojo back they may start losing some of their fantisimal cable revenues. damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

        as Leo Durocher (or somebody) used to say at the start of every year: ‘the yankees can be beaten!”

      • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        @ happytwinsfan, “believe it or not, i don’t care much about them either way…” You cared enough to make an uniformed appraisal of both the 2014 and 2015 Yankees initially and then respond to my criticism of your comment.
        Let me address 2 very specific comments you made a little while ago.
        1st) You are 100% correct if the Yankees go over the Tex Threshold by $1 they do NOT reset their tax percentage which currently stands at 50% of the dollars over the $189MM threshold. BUT keep in mind that threshold is only in effect for the length of the CBA which is through the 2016 season. Now it obviously won’t go away and the chances are almost non existent that it will go down with a new agreement starting with the 2017 season. Personally I believe the threshold will increase with a new CBA because to many teams are knocking on the door right now. But that’s just speculation on my part and remains to be seen even though it did increase from $178MM when the last CBA was negotiated.
        2nd) Your comment about the Yankees losing cable revenue if they “don’t get their mojo back” is completely baseless. The Yankees are guaranteed certain payments and very specific increases since News Corp. bought 49% of the YESNetwork in Nov. 2012 that increases to 80% by the 2016 season. BTW, that contract with News Corporation runs through 2042. I don’t really think the Yankees and the Steinbrenners are overly concerned about their revenue stream drying up.

        Did you know that Leo Durocher’s only 2 World Series Championships as a player came in 1928 when he played for the Yankees and in 1934 when he played for the Cardinals. As a manager with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 Durocher lost his only chance to beat the Yankees in a World Series. When the Yankees took 4 of the 5 games. So while Durocher may have said “the yankees can be beaten!” he was never able to do it. BTW, nor have your Twins at least not in over 20 plus year.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      The yankees are always good no matter what. I’ve given up thinking they will ever suck. They were competitive with Lyle overbay, david adams, a hodgepodge of crap at ss and catcher. And a bunch of 40 year olds. They will always be good. Always.

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        i half agree, but just because the bottom hasn’t fallen out on them before, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. their main problem is that a season with fewer then 90 wins followed by a decent playoff run is considered by their fan base to be a failure – so they’re perennially forced to over spend on the players they need while the pain of the luxury tax gets worse and worse and with the ascendance of the dodgers they are no longer the biggest kid on the block in the bidding wars.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:01 AM

        I hate them more than any team ever. And I root against them every damn time. They cheat like crazy and they are annoying and boring. But they will always be good. I’ve just grown to accept it. They had an AWFUL lineup last year and still were in the playoff hunt. It’s ridiculous. Soriano was dreadful for the cubs and the second he gets in pinstripes he looks like willie mays. It’s so annoying

      • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        @ happytwinsfan, I couldn’t disagree with you more. The Yankees spend money on players because of desire to win, not because what you believe their fan base consider a failure of a season. They spend money on players because they can afford to because they have a legacy of winning to live up to and to be honest it’s because that’s what free agency is all about.

        But lets step back from the Yankees for a minute. You can’t possibly tell me or expect me to believe that as a Twin Fan you are happy with the direction of the Twins. The Pohlad’s net worth is estimated by Forbes to be about $3.6 billion dollars. That’s arguably at least 3 times the net worth of the Steinbrenner family. The Twins have been the laughing stock of baseball the past 3 years losing over 90 games in each of those seasons there is no reason for that considering the teams ownership financial where with all. Also there is no reason why after Target and the good citizens of MN helped build Target Field home of the Twins they cut their payroll by almost $20MM in 2012 from 2011 levels.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:05 AM

        They spend money because they live in the biggest market and have a ridiculously lucrative tv contract. They can just spend and spend and spend and it doesn’t even matter if they make a bad signing. Most other teams have to succeed in their big signings or they set their franchises back for years. Not the yankees. They can just do it again next year. Teams like tampa constantly have to trade their good players because they can’t afford to keep him. It isn’t a level playing field. I can’t imagine rooting for them unless I lived down the street from the stadium since i was a kid or if my dad played for them or something. It’s like rooting for wal mart to put a little shop out of business.

      • happytwinsfan - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        ufy1950
        i know, how dare a fan of a losing team say anything negative about the yankees. it must suck for you to have to witness such effrontery.

        you’re right the twins have sucked the last 3 years. yes the pohlads could buy and sell the steinbrenners several times and should probably be spending more. and yes i have at best mixed feelings about their current direction.

        however, since 2000, the twins have had 9 winning seasons and 5 losing ones, including 6 division titles. all in all not too shabby for a small to mid market team.

        i grant you that the yankees are a proud and capable organization dedicated to winning, but i doubt that anyone besides yankee fans believes that if the yankees had to operate with an average size payroll that they would be any more than a middle of the pack team.

      • American of African Descent - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Yes, Virginia, high payroll buys you a championship. And that’s why teams in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Queens, Chicago, and Arlington have celebrated so often in the past twenty years.

  7. cackalackyank - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Oh look the Mariners aren’t on the list. Not really surprised. I am a little surprised that things went straight to 6 year deals for a guy that hasn’t thrown an MLB pitch. I am on the fence about how much I want him to land in NY. Overall I think he will be an asset, but the cost is going to be really high. It is also true that adding him is not the only cure needed.

    • braddavery - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      He isn’t just some “guy”. He’s the best free agent pitcher on the planet who is most likely better than the large majority of pitchers on ML rosters as I type this.

  8. sawxalicious - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Pro/Con list Tanaka and his agent are thinking about:

    Yankees: Pros – Historic franchise, very good chance to visit the post season, lots of media attention for endorsements, gets to play with fellow countrymen Hiroki Kuroda and Ichiro
    Suzuki. Cons: – Yankee’s offense could implode with aging players, lots of media attention throwing scrutiny on every pitch, not very close to home in Japan, not a super-friendly ballpark to pitch in.

    Dodgers: Pros – Historic franchise with many players in their primes, pretty solid offensive support for the foreseeable future, lots of media attention for endorsements, would not be expected to immediately pitch like a number 1 with Kershaw and Greinke present, pretty close to Japan compared to other locations, very good pitcher’s park, confidence in an ownership that is not shy in spending $ to be competitive. Cons: Would likely not be the star pitcher in the rotation (maybe Tanaka likes being the center of attention)

    Diamondbacks: Pros – Relatively young team that plays with a lot of “Grit,” decent chance to visit the post season, Arizona has decent weather, Tanaka would have the chance to become a franchise icon of a relatively newer team that hasn’t had too many all-time great Diamondbacks, less media scrutiny. Cons: Dodgers will likely block the Diamondbacks from the NL West title, even with Tanaka, less media attention lessens opportunity for endorsement deals.

    White Sox: Pros – hmmm….opportunity to become a dynamic duo with Chris Sale? not too much media scrutiny. Cons: this team is kind of in a dysfunctional rebuilding mode, offense is offensive, US Cellular not the most pitcher-friendly atmosphere, White Sox are likely a couple years from contention if everything goes their way.

    Cubs: Pros – Very forgiving and patient fan base, great opportunity for endorsement deals, historic ball park, franchise is in what appears to be an effective rebuilding mode, opportunity to be seen as one of the heroes that made it happen if the Cubs can get to the post season in a couple years. Winds blowing in from Wrigley have killed many a homerun. Cons: Franchise is in a rebuilding mode with post season aspirations a minimum of two years away (optimistically speaking), winds blowing out from Wrigley have turned many pop-ups into homeruns, offensive support is a huge question mark until/if the Cubs have the perfect storm of prospects panning out combined with effective free agent signings.
    ******************************************************************************************************************
    I’m sure I’ve probably missed some important points here, but this was just off the top of my head. I think the Dodgers make the most sense for Tanaka, but I truly hope he chooses the Cubs. I think he’ll be a very good MLB pitcher. Thoughts?

    • doclolly - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      You forgot one pro for the Cubs they have a brand new mascot XD

    • lawrinson20 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      I don’t mean to be ‘contentious,’ but i’m not sure i buy the Yankees “Pros” list. Kuroda is not likely to be in NY for more than the first year of a Tanaka contract. He was 50/50 on returning to Japan for 2014. And, the Yanks flirted with trading Ichiro. Either way, i don’t think Tanaka should be focusing on factors that might only be factors for a small part of his tenure. Regarding Endorsements: this is always brought up, but i don’t recall seeing any/many commercials/endorsements by CC Sabbathia. I lived in NYC for 20+ years, but moved to LA for the last year and half, but even if i missed something recently, how significant could that be? And, with a 120+million dollar contract, how many endorsements would he really need to make? Subtract the cost of living in Manhattan, and that would be a wash.

      Diamondbacks: I can’t imagine him choosing them. They’ve been irrelevant for quite some time. They don’t have any sort of ‘legacy’ appeal for an American, much less for someone coming from thousands of miles away. Aren’t the Japanese sorta big on tradition?

      White Sox: same thing. And, like the Diamondbacks, not likely to be contenders.

      Cubs: Not ready. So many question marks.

      The team that makes the most sense is the Dodgers. And, i say that as a Red Sox ‘fan’ living in Los Angeles. LA has the weather, enough of a Japanese culture, limitless money, tradition, and a roster that is ready to win NOW. Endorsements/Hollywood, if that really is an appeal. No pressure to be the ace…. But, in the current environment, it’s been shown that teams really need TWO aces to compete for championships. The Tigers had two stars in Verlander and Scherzer, for example. I don’t think Scherzer, as the ‘number two’ lacked for attention. If Tanaka’s ego is a factor, he would have more than enough of an opportunity to shine in LA.

      Besides that, didn’t the Dodgers say they “wouldn’t be outbid?” What does that mean? I think the Cubs also responded with similar bluster, but between the two claims, which seems more like truth and which more like bravado?

      Lastly, it’s been oft-quoted that the guy would prefer to play on the West Coast. Makes sense to me….. It’s also reported that Tanaka prefers the Dodgers, Yankees, or Red Sox, and since my Sawx don’t seem to be involved, and it’s just unthinkable that he would sign with the MFY, i have to hope he makes a sound decision and comes to the Westiest of the West teams.

  9. bahia2 - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Remember the Sox and Dice K.They never did get the value out of him.Let those who bid, tread lightly.

  10. buffalo65 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I think the Jays will sign one of the other big 3 when the dust settles. I hope they don’t. I think these guys are overrated and will be 4-5 starters getting paid like aces. If the jays win it’s gonna be in Morrow and a kid to step up. Offense is set.

  11. buffalo65 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    As for 6 and 120 for a rookie? Darvish is fresh on everyone’s mind but there is a trail of failures out there as well. Very risky.
    Sure makes drafting of pitching important.
    How much would a number one draft pick get on the open market?

  12. buffalo65 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Good to see Larry back. Why not throw a post up on the yanks and whether you’d like Tanaka? If you are a fan? How do you like their chances??

  13. uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Kind of surprised that according to the latest reports out of Japan (from their press) that the Mariners don’t appear to be one of the teams that submitted a “competitive” offer. Now it’s possible they did and the press just didn’t pick up on it but that seems unlikely since they have named 5 other teams. I guess what surprises me the most is that so many fans on this site seemed almost certain that the Mariners were going to head to head with the “big boys”.

    • cackalackyank - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      I noticed that too. One thought that crossed my mind is the list mentions that these are all thought to be 6 year deals. Possibly the M’s only offered 5, and therefore were not considered as making a “formal” offer. If this list is correct and complete it would seem that Cano was a one shot expenditure, as many on this site opined when the $ amount became known.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        My friend, while there is still a chance the Mariners may make a play for some other “elite” starter Price via a trade as had been mentioned by some on this board even that’s beginning to look less and less likely. Also, virtually all of the quality free agent bats are off the market the only ones left are Drew, Cruz and Morales.and each of them with their own baggage. So unless they can make a trade for a power bat that avenue seems to have dried up as well for the Mariners.

        Like you said it looks like Cano was the Mariners one big foray into the area of the FA elite. It wet the appetite of their fans but certainly not enough to take them from wannabe to pretender to contender. Not yet at least.

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Morales baggage doesn’t enter the picture if he re-signs with the Mariners. But I don’t think they really need him. Seattle has a lot of excess talent in 3 areas, and it is hard to see how they don’t make a deal with some of the expendables.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        @ spudchukar, actually my friend it was exactly that positional talent or crowding. I was referring to in my comment. I really wasn’t concerning myself with the draft choice, if that’s what you were thinking. Since I new that was not a factor with a possible Morales return to the Mariners

      • spudchukar - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Yeah, I did think you overlooked the draft compensation, so I stand corrected. The thing that makes me believe the Mariners aren’t done is their recent acquisitions at catcher. They have Montero for emergencies, yet they signed both Quintero and Buck. It is possible that they want to start Zunino in AAA, but after a full year in the Bigs that seems unlikely. Time will tell, but my guess is they still have a major trade to complete.

  14. jkaflagg - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Tanaka is a young player entering him prime….the Angels only give big money to guys who have played their best ball for someone else and are on the downside of their careers…..

  15. unclemosesgreen - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I read that the whole “five team” thing is a total red herring caused by something getting lost in translation. I believe that it would be more accurate to say that – at the time of the report – there were five approximately equal offers & numerous other lurkers waiting to see where the bidding goes prior to the deadline. I would not be at all surprised to see Tanaka end up somewhere besides the 5 teams mentioned in this report.

  16. elvin2014 - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Seattle Mariners could sign Masahiro Tanaka this week….

    • bobwsc - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      huh?

  17. elvin2014 - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Seattle Mariners could sign Masahiro Tanaka this week….

    • bobwsc - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      oh.

    • bobwsc - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      yea not happening.

  18. canadatude - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Harry got confused when he tried to read the Japanese link to the report. Not enough pictures, and no matter which way he turned it, he could not find the 4 letters of the alphabet that he knows.

  19. thebadguyswon - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Assuming these offers are mostly similar, it’s going to come down to Tanaka’s personal preference more than money.

    This is where “mystique” and “aura” will carry the day for the Yankees. If it were me, I’d rather go to the Cubs, who are loaded with elite, young bats, then go to New York, who is still beset with aging contracts.

    Gotta feeling he’s going to the Yankees. If that’s the case, I hope he’s the next Irabu.

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      “I’d rather go to the Cubs [pause] who are loaded with elite [pause] young bats [pause] then go to New York [pause] who is still beset with aging contracts.”

      William Shatner is a Cubs fan. Who knew?

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