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The Diamondbacks are out of the Tanaka Derby

Jan 22, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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Steve Gilbert of says that the Dbacks are out of the running for Masahiro Tanaka. It’s unclear if it’s because Tanaka has decided on another team of if the Dbacks just dropped out of the bidding.

It always seemed like Arizona was a long shot. Their pockets aren’t as deep as the Dodgers and the Yankees and, at least to the extent you can rely on such things, the reports of Tanaka’s non-monetary preferences such as the size of the Japanese community, ease of getting back and forth to Japan, etc., match up way better with L.A. and New York than they do Phoenix.

My guess is still Los Angeles. But we’ll know soon enough.

UPDATE: It’s reportedly the Yankees.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I still have my chips pushed onto “Seattle” but then again, I hate betting the chalk. It’s probably a “rooting for the underdog” bet.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    New York matches up better with getting to Japan than….New York? Craig, go buy yourself on of those spherical thingamabobs with pictures of our planet on it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Snow globe?

    • stex52 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      No kidding, OG. It’s easier to get to Tokyo from Dallas or Chicago than from New York. Probably a dead heat with Atlanta or Houston.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    count the jays out too

    At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

    • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Ah, you finally made it to the right thread, house dip. What happened – the birds eat all the crumbs, or do you just develop cabin fever once the snowfall reaches two inches?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Unfinished business: Starting pitching

        The rotation is full of question marks, starting with frontmen Dickey and Buehrle, neither of whom lived up to expectations in 2013. J.A. Happ, Brandon Morrow and Todd Redmond, the three pitchers currently penciled in to round out the unit, combined for just 42 big league starts and a 4.78 ERA (85 ERA+) in 2013 due to injuries and mediocrity. Happ missed 77 games after being hit in the head by a line drive, while Morrow lost four months to an entrapped nerve in his forearm; he’s totaled just 31 starts over the past two seasons. Between that trio, holdovers Kyle Drabek and Esmil Rogers and prospects Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin — both of whom spent nearly all of last season at Double-A — the team has a variety of back-rotation options but nothing close to a sure thing who can fill a mid-rotation role.

        As such, the Blue Jays have scouted Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka, though they’re not serious players to sign him. They’re said to be a leading candidate to sign Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Plagiarized post, of course.

      • Old Gator - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        So our virtual village idiot, weary of having his persistent illiteracy pointed out to him, pulls a Joe Biden and steals a paragraph from SI:

        What’s really pathetic is not so much that he’d try to pass it off as his own when he hasn’t been able to write a proper sentence in two years, but that he thinks you’re all stupid enough to fall for it.

        I gotta say, though, that he does have one attribute: versatility. He is a waste of carbon in so many ways.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        sorry alzy I wasn’t trying to suggest I wrote any of that, I was just sharing a great article that also happens to be true. I know you hate facts but it is what it is

  4. NatsLady - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    You are wrong. :) Yankees.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    (In old timey radio call) Yanks won the off-season pennant, THE YANKS WON THE OFF-SEASON PENNANT!

    • NatsLady - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      As a fan of one of the teams that won the off-season pennant last winter–play the games…

  6. yankeedjw - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Just got an ESPN update on my phone. 7 years/$155 million with the Yankees.

  7. zalbatt07 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Count everyone out but the Yankees. Just came out, 7 years 105 million

    • zalbatt07 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM


  8. dahamm29 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:53 AM


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