Golden Eagles To Post Masahiro Tanaka

WEDNESDAY, 3:32pm: Tanaka's posting will begin Thursday morning and be completed by January 24th at 4pm CT, a source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).  Teams can place their bids – up to $20MM, of course – starting tomorrow morning (link).

TUESDAY, 9:50pm: Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana announced that Tanaka will be posted, according to a tweet from Sankei Sports tranlsated by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links).

9:23pm: The Golden Eagles will announce momentarily that Tanaka will be posted, according to Jim Allen of Kyodo News (on Twitter).

5:35pm: The Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to post star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to reports from Japanese outlets Sponichi (link) and Nikkan Sports (link).  It's a turnaround from reports last week that indicated the Golden Eagles were leaning against allowing Tanaka to make the jump to MLB.

One MLB source tells David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com (on Twitter) that he believes the Cubs will not be outbid for Tanaka's services.  Convincing Tanaka to come to Chicago, however, could prove to be problematic, according to that source.  "This is exactly type deal that Theo [Epstein and] Jed Hoyer will be all in on. However, will Tanaka say no to the [Yankees, Dodgers, and others]? Not sure he will," the source told Kaplan (link).

Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com (Twitter link) adds that the Angels and Diamondbacks – who have been quite vocal about their fondness of Tanaka and overall need for a frontline starter – should also be in the mix for his services.  Tanaka being posted also means good news for other free agent pitchers who have been in a holding pattern as clubs have waited for the top domino to drop.  

Rakuten was planning a record NPB offer for Tanaka – roughly $7.7MM USD – but that's significantly less than what he's expected to get from an MLB club.  One GM recently told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that Tanaka was certain to receive a deal worth more than $100MM if posted.

Per the Sponichi report, team President Yozo Tachibana acknowledged that the process is moving into its final stage.  When asked if the team was set on a decision, Tachibana said, "Yes, it looks that way … We're completing the final procedures."

It seems likely that the Golden Eagles have been dragging their feet in large part because of the reduced posting fee that they would receive under the new system.  While the Japanese clubs holding the rights to predecessors such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish saw major financial windfalls, the new system caps Rakuten's maximum posting fee at $20MM.

Special thanks to Aaron Steen for his Japanese translation.


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692 Comments on "Golden Eagles To Post Masahiro Tanaka"


livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

Merry Christmas. Let the bidding begin.

Tony Matias
1 year 8 months ago

More like circus begin!

RobbyH619
1 year 8 months ago

Considering only 6 teams (dodgers, Yankees, rangers, mariners, angels and maybe a dark horse candidate like the orioles) have their sights set on him and realistically have a shot it’s more like a carnival not a full blown circus.

Rev0lution
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners have nothing to offer but Cano and a long stretch of ineptitude. The Rangers have pretty much spent their way out of the bidding with the Choo acquisition. The Angels are the epitome of free spending with no direction – they are a train wreck. The Dodgers can contend with the NYY, but they are stacked and they are not as desperate as the Yanks to pull out all the stops to secure another front-end SP. Any alleged “dark horse” bidders will remain in the dark without a leg to stand on (a 3-legged mule like the Cubs or Orioles is a joke not worth discussing).

This is a two team race and the NYY ABSOLUTELY will not be outdone to secure the anchor to their rotation for the next 5-7 years.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I have a feeling the biggest reason MLB attempted to negotiate a $20M posting fee, is that it would get ALL the small/medium markets involved, all while generating a higher salary for the player…which in turn impacts these large market teams that always push the Luxury Tax threshold.

The only problem with Yanks, LAD, and Angels is that these 3 are facing Luxury Tax issues.

Cubs are saying they won’t be outbid, but will Tanaka actually want to go to the Cubs? I really doubt it.

With Seattle’s 2014 payroll sitting at $80M, they have an amazing about to throw at him. Close proximity to Japan. Some of the top legendary Japanese players going thru Seattle: Kaz, Johjima, Ichiro (in his HOF years w/Seattle), and now Tanaka’s ex-teammate putting up #3 CyYoung numbers.

I really think he’s Seattle’s to lose! But of course each of us will be very biased towards each of our teams and why ‘our’ team will sign him. lol

Rev0lution
1 year 8 months ago

Dr, the luxury tax is not an issue for the NYY or the LAD; they aren’t cash-strapped. They both have lived in the $200M neighborhood for several years with no stress aside from the anguish of knowing they are putting money in the pockets of the smaller market clubs.

Your feelings about Seattle are pointless at this time because they are NOT a contender. Ichiro is CURRENTLY playing with the Yanks; Kuroda is CURRENTLY a Yankee; the legendary Godzilla Matsui is an advisor to the team. I think that has more drawing power than alluding to Asian players “passing through” Seattle. As far as the close proximity to Japan, he isn’t going home on off days. If you use that logic, Cano would still be in NYY. Cano went with the highest bidder and so will Tanaka.

In this case, no one will outbid the NYY. He would truly represent the final piece to their offseason plan and no team has the ability to outbid the NYY when they are determined to secure a player.

Curt Green
1 year 8 months ago

I hope NY goes over their $189 million limit and continues to share the wealth with everyone else.

slider32
1 year 8 months ago

That’s a given at this point!

Joe A
1 year 8 months ago

So do I. Then for their whole roster to be hurt and then all those players will laugh all the way to the bank. I loved this past year when however many millions of dollars were flushed down the drain because peopel go on the 60 day DL for a missing eyelash these days.

legaryd
1 year 8 months ago

Please refer to the attached example: Cliff Lee.

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

Exactly how did that work out for Lee in Seattle, huh?

Jack
1 year 8 months ago

dodgers have lived in the 200mill neighborhood for several years? you mean 1?

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

Yes one (so you got me on a fax paus). Well, welcome to the neighborhood from now on. I was actually trying to equate the Dodgers in the legendary strata with the Yanks, but on second thought, let’s see how they measure up:

NYY – 27 Championships, 40 pennants

Dodgers – 6 Championships, 9 pennants

That amounts to 21 years of championship catch-up by simple math.

Curt Green
1 year 8 months ago

Yankee fans….always living in the past.

Joe A
1 year 8 months ago

Cool. I wish I could jump on the bandwagon too….

Joe A
1 year 8 months ago

Seattle has a pretty high Japanese population so to say it’s “pointless” is arrogance on your part….

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 8 months ago

When you only have one place in the world a ball player can go to play at a higher level and for more money, you’re sort of at their mercy. MLB is a monopoly and I’m sure the $20 million cap was there way of leveraging that position, and making the owners happy in the process. Although, you have a great point about more teams being able to at least compete for these guys.

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

You nailed it on the head. But the other teams only need to match or better the cash the NYY put on the table. SEA did it and now has Cano (they will most certainly regret that in 4-5 years, but they rolled the dice and won). Simply follow their lead.

Joe A
1 year 8 months ago

Not to mention Choo isn’t in pinstripes this year after his offer from them…

Ronald Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

Fact of the matter is, New York isn’t as hot a destination as it used to be. Players who want money join the Yanks. People who want to play baseball go elsewhere.

Bromacho
1 year 8 months ago

Good point about the Luxury tax issues, however the Angels would hardly be punished by much, they would only have to pay a little over 1m. It will be worth it.

legaryd
1 year 8 months ago

You’d think the Nippon’s players union had a say in this. I can’t imagine the Japanese league players enjoy a huge chunk of money that the player thinks is a part of his value and something he earned kept by ownership.

Seth Rollins
1 year 8 months ago

The posting fee does not factor in to payroll

BillB325
1 year 8 months ago

The Cubs have already identified as a serious bidder. I don’t think they’ll get him, just saying to insult teams, you never know when some FO falls in love with a player until the huge contract is signed.

Rev0lution
1 year 8 months ago

Bill, it wasn’t meant as an insult to the Cubs. I actually wish they would have a better turn of luck because they are a solid organization with great player history (Banks, Sutcliffe, Sutter, Sandberg, et el). But they are a snake-bit team that even the genius of Epstein is having trouble turning around.

They may indeed make a serious bid, but they don’t stack up to the history, allure and current contending status of LAD or NYY.

Also, look at the intangibles of Tanaka’s charismatic personality and his wife’s modeling aspirations. Where does that fit best: in the media-centric, mega-wattage cities of NY-LA (very similar to Japan) or Chi-town?

Dollar for Dollar, the NYY will not be outbid by anyone on this.

tbslim
1 year 8 months ago

So you have said, many many many times. Are you making an authoritative statement that the “NYY will not be outbid” or trying to convince yourself?

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

Obviously, the 27 Championships and 40 pennants hasn’t resonated with the NYY haters, so “yeah” redundancy is mandated.

Guess what, I don’t have to “convince myself”, I’m a proud NY’er and live the thrill of ALWAYS having a team that goes ALL OUT to be the champion EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

FYI, “NYY will not be outbid” (just for the road).

tbslim
1 year 8 months ago

LoL. How many championships? I keep forgetting since most of them were so long ago. I’m sure the Yankees won’t be outbid either. They have no choice but go all out to get this guy. He’ll be the difference between finishing 3rd in the AL East versus 4th or 5th for the Yankees.

BK
1 year 8 months ago

Japan is not a city and you are the biggest NY homer on the boards. Its not that the Yankees cant afford Tanaka its that if they pay him 120mm it will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 180/6y after their tax bill. This would essentially make him the highest paid pitcher in mlb history.

BillB325
1 year 8 months ago

Very respectful argument, sorry I read it the wrong way, Merry Christmas!

Phil Merkel
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t rule out the Rangers…if they can sign him, they can then trade one of their current starters (and other players) to free up $$$$$. The owners have deep pockets, so don’t count them out.

gammaraze
1 year 8 months ago

Exactly which of the Rangers pitchers are you going to trade to free up money?? They will NOT trade Holland, Darvish, or Perez. Harrison doesn’t make enough money to really warrant a trade to free up some money. Plus, his injury last year will make other teams weary of acquisition.

Phil Merkel
1 year 8 months ago

Believe it or not Holland has been mentioned as well as possibly Ogando. Though not a pitcher, throw Moreland into that mix. I cannot imagine Holland, but Ogando for sure.

gammaraze
1 year 8 months ago

Derek Holland took a HUGE step forward this year, and is signed to a very team friendly deal. The Rangers explore every avenue, but will only trade a player under the right circumstances. Holland will only be involved as the centerpiece for a true ace under control for a considerable length of time.

Phil Merkel
1 year 8 months ago

I just agreed with you on Holland…” I cannot imagine Holland…”

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

The Texas heat is enough to drive people mad though.

Phil Merkel
1 year 8 months ago

It’s hot for everyone, not just the Rangers!

Andy Todd
1 year 8 months ago

Yes please!

raffish
1 year 8 months ago

Sound and fury…

Karkat
1 year 8 months ago

The Mariners have a rich history of Japanese players, and a Japanese ownership, and a large Japanese-American fanbase.

Mikel Grady
1 year 8 months ago

Cubs will out bid everyone . Don’t lose draft pick and young for when the cubs make playoff push. Theo kind of guy. Go cubs go

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

How about the Dbacks and Cubs?

Commander_Nate
1 year 8 months ago

Perfect number for an “Anchorman” style front office battle…

jason
1 year 8 months ago

The Blue Jays are definitely in the top 5 favorites to get him, they have the means and the need for him. This has seemed what A.A. has been waiting for.

slider32
1 year 8 months ago

I would be surprised if he goes to the Jays, O’s, Mariners, or Cubs. I think he will go to a contender. Every team could use a pitcher like Tanaka, it just depends on how much you want to over pay for him and where he wants to go. This will be the first time a Japanese player has had his own choice.

Mrcopey2
1 year 8 months ago

Phillies already said they were in

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

Posting for show and realistically being in on a player are two completely different things

JasonPen
1 year 8 months ago

Obviously you haven’t been reading many of these articles… You left out the Cubs.

RobbyH619
1 year 8 months ago

Most people missed the sights set on him and have a realistic shot. Cubs, diamondbacks, phillies may have interest but it’ll come down to Dodgers, Yankees, Angels, mariners. If the dodgers or mariners can get tanaka that’ll eliminate their involvement in David price and save the prospects; thus they’ll toss 107 mill his way instead of 107 mil and prospects for price. That being said Yankees need an ace going forward and won’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Serious interest and really wanting him doesn’t qualify for a circus when really 4 teams will outdo the rest of the league.

burnboll
1 year 8 months ago

How do you know that teams like Washington, Cubs, Arizona, White Sox, Mets, Phillies and of course Boston, aren’t going to be in?
It doesn’t cost them a dime to post 20 million if they’re not signing Tanaka.
Logically, all 30 teams will post the 20 million fee, just to be in the conversation.

slider32
1 year 8 months ago

It’s one thing to post the 20 million and another to really try and sign him. This is going to be a big over pay and a big gamble for the team that gets him. The Yanks and the Dodgers appear to be the only teams that could absorb this kind of mistake.

burnboll
1 year 8 months ago

How do you know it’s going to be a huge overpay?

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

It is free bogus PR to post for everyone from now on, simply to feign interest,

Ronald Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

Oh please. Even if teams don’t need Tanaka, they’ll still pursue/bid him. He wouldn’t hurt, and if you lose, you can drive up the cost for the team that does win him.

N.K.T.
1 year 8 months ago

I hope he goes to anyone but the Yankees or the Dodgers

TheoHoyer
1 year 8 months ago

“Mystery team”

1 year 8 months ago

Keep him away from the other AL East evil empire, too. Y’know, the one in Boston. (Would love to see him in a Nats uniform; then again, it’s not my money.)

Daniel Copans
1 year 8 months ago

Nats have four front line starters already, it wouldn’t make much sense to throw money at this guy. Now the O’s would be a fantastic destination but we all know that’s not happening.

Mrcopey2
1 year 8 months ago

Phillies

Frittoman626
1 year 8 months ago

I predict the Yankees will sign him, there too desperate in need of pitching to not sign him.

ariel777
1 year 8 months ago

Makes perfect sense to me.

mwagner26
1 year 8 months ago

If many teams pay $20 mill, he can pick which team to negotiate with. That all depends on what team he prefers.

Matt
1 year 8 months ago

no, he can negotiate with all of the teams that offer the maximum posting fee, basically like free agency with a 20 million dollar extra price tag to the winner.

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

Someone has to make up for the train wreck of Sabathia who gave up more runs than any pitcher in the AL last year. Still got to pay that contract though.

brian310
1 year 8 months ago

Christmas miracle!

dzuch
1 year 8 months ago

If the Dbacks can get him then they could take over the division

IamTinman
1 year 8 months ago

Riiiiiggghhhttttt! Good luck with that.

Taylor Hope
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t see why that’s not plausible.

TheRealRyan
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but I don’t think it’s likely. Even if Tanaka is a 4 WAR SP, they probably only added 8-9 wins. That still puts them 2-3 behind the Dodgers, regardless of what the Dodgers do.

Taylor Hope
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t think it’s likely either but it is baseball, where anything can happen. I expect the D-backs rotation to continue to make strides and I’m not so sure the Dodgers lineup will continue to be as good as last season. While I expect Hanley and Puig to still put up great numbers, I’d be shocked if either replicates their slashes from the previous year.

johansantana15
1 year 8 months ago

Because their pitching is leagues behind the dodgers….

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

They would be serious contenders for a wild card but I dont see them beating the dodgers for first

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

They would be serious contenders for a wild card but I dont see them beating the dodgers for first

Matt Galvin
1 year 8 months ago

Dodgers or Mariners or Diamondbacks or Red Sox.

matt luce
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners or topped out. Dbacks have no chance against big dogs. The angels are going to give him 150 +. Done deal. Arte likes all the foreign fans. Ala hideki matsui

Taylor Hope
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners aren’t actually topped out. Jack Z said they’re willing to spend for “the right guy.” Seems to me Tanaka would be the right guy since they want to add one more starter. Just got a fat new TV contract. They need to spend that cash.

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

They got Hideki Matsui when he was at the edge of retirement..I really do not see how that is pleasing any fan,

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

M’s are not topped out. They still have 20 million at least to spend this year

wackymacky
1 year 8 months ago

It’s gonna take that much just to talk to Tanaka’s agent.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Luce “topped out”? Seattle with a $80M 2014 payroll right now, and Howard Lincoln telling media he will surpass the $95M budget from last year. Plus the add’l $25M this year MLB TV that every team gets, a paid off stadium at Safeco Field as of this past year, and buying out Direct TV for ROOT Sports Network.

Since it appears you are an Angels fan Matt, you should realize that Angels will be over the Luxury Tax “if” they end up signing Tanaka. So this $150M+ deal you are ‘thinking’ Angels get him for I think you are way off. I don’t see him going to the Angels personally, nor LAD, nor NYY for the same reason.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 8 months ago

angels will go over the luxury tax for the right player….. this is something that is needed for the team… the angels can go over the Luxury tax for one year and stay under the next im sure if arte goes all in like he did with pujols he will get tanaka facing darvis this year coming up

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

Or Yankees

Dbacksfan44
1 year 8 months ago

Or Yankees

Rook
1 year 8 months ago

Well this should be fun. Sign him KT!!!!!

yankeestarz
1 year 8 months ago

It’s going to be a merry Christmas for one team out there.

acottonshirt
1 year 8 months ago

I would love to see him in Seattle with Iwakuma. He wants to play on the west coast, so we will see.

Tony Matias
1 year 8 months ago

Just a guesstimate, but he’s looking at 6-7/130MM. Not sure the M’s management would allow that, but the draw Ichiro brought was tremendous, so I would actually be surprised if the M’s weren’t up towards the top (didn’t say top) of the final bid.

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

M’s have 20 – 30 M left to spend. I think probably only the Dodgers and stankees may have more $ available.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Smart baseball commentary must always end with the stankees

johansantana15
1 year 8 months ago

the yankees have no money left if they want to stay under the luxury tax threshold.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I hate the Yankees, but if they decide to go over they might as well go all out and get their payroll back to the $220m range.

I read reports that ‘if’ they are over the luxury tax this year it will devastate their franchise for years to come, where as being over next year won’t have that impact.

It would have been better for the Yankees if Ratuken waited to post him until next offseason, then I would say noone would outbid the Yanks.

It’s gonna be VERY interesting…GO M’S!!!

Rev0lution
1 year 8 months ago

Dr, the NYY will NOT be devastated by staying in luxury tax purgatory. Are you really serious or is your Yankee hatred getting the best of you???

The Yanks enjoy operating in one of the most robust marketing arenas in the entire world. They have a lucrative TV contract. Their fan base is dedicated and will routinely fill out every home game and they effectively leverage the power of their brand monetarily all over the globe. Exactly how do you suspect that they are suddenly going to be belly up if they bust the “189” goal?

Adding Tanaka will re-energize the fan base. It will also open up additional marketing opportunities. I’m sure they will secure some revenue deal with a major Japanese media provider to simulcast Tanaka’s scheduled days on the mound. Other revenue streams will present themselves for the NYY to reap the benefits from AND, assuming the team is successful, they will have the foundation to build the post-Jeter era with.

You can have Cano. We’ll gladly take McCann, Ellsbury, Kuroda (again), Beltran and Tanaka as our big haul during the Hot Stove season.

At least Jack Z and Jay Z can share a Vente Mochalatte at Starbucks.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

It’s amazing how many more M’s fans there are now, compared to a month ago.

Tony Matias
1 year 8 months ago

That may be true, but in my defense, I have rooted for this team and their losing seasons for a very long time.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

Which I have no problem with, and I hope for your and similar fans’ sake they can field a competitive team for a while. It’s just hard seeing band-wagoners all over the place (which i regrettably see being a Yankees fan all the time).

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Teams need the bandwagoners though. Is a great source of revenue for them.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

Which I have no problem with, and I hope for your and similar fans’ sake they can field a competitive team for a while. It’s just hard seeing band-wagoners all over the place (which i regrettably see being a Yankees fan all the time).

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

Thats why the Yankees attendance and viewership has been dropping. Yankees are all about name recognition to bring in the fans and sell those jerseys. They will have to build up that minor league system and get some pitching if they have hope of going anywhere.

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

The Yankee hatred doesn’t cease. Even with SLIGHTLY diminished attendance and fallen viewership on YES, their attendance records still outpace almost 90% of the league and the viewership radius is GLOBAL (YES is broadcast in some capacity over the span of the planet with Yankee fans from Mali to Melbourne).

Sure, the team is about BRAND recognition. What successful franchise isn’t???? Who – Starbucks? Macy’s? Apple? Dallas Cowboys? Los Angeles Lakers? That is the ultimate goal of business; to have your BRAND valued across the globe.

As far as “going somewhere” I guess 27 Championships and 40 pennants is pittance to you, huh? This is the FIRST year we have missed the playoffs in eons and ONLY by what 7 games with a beat up and broken lineup. Not too shabby by ANY standards.

Now we’ve restocked and are poised to return to the postseason with McCann, Ellsbury, Beltran, Kuroda (again) and soon to be, Tanaka.

Next argument.

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

Big stars do not win Championships and never have good players do. Look at the Championships teams of Luis Soho, Scott Brosius and Girardi. No All Stars there but a team of clutch players. What those teams had were great pitching and good defense. When you lose a 43 and 41 year old player and you restock and the team gets older something is wrong. Better get some pitching because a team with not a single position player under the age of 30 and most players best seasons come at 30 or less shows the direction the team is going. Losing their only All Star did not help either. No argument at all here. Its just facts and facts are that Yankee attendance has fallen ever year since 2009. BTW..Yankee way overpaid for McCann who has been going down hill for 4 years. Catchers after the age of 33 fall off in production. Fact is Thurman Munson was done at 31 and signing him to a 5 year with option for a sixth and paying twice what Saltalamacchia means they paid double what he is worth. Salty is better catcher hitting 42 doubles last season and hitting 25 hrs the year before.

Mitch Augustyn
1 year 8 months ago

It was a beat up line up because they were old brittle player. How about 4 outfielders over the age of 35 this year; Ichiro, Vernon Wells, Soriano and Beltran. Well maybe if it was 2005. With Yankee ticket prices they have to win because New Yorkers do not support losing teams especially when $50 box seats are close to $400 a piece. They had low attendance even when best seats were $6 a piece. Guess we will see but its all about pitching.

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

For the umpteenth time, “189” is a goal, NOT a mandate. The overarching mission of the NYY is to ALWAYS field a CHAMPIONSHIP level squad and trepidation of the luxury tax will not deter that now or ever.

The Steinbrenners are still the owners and they understand the importance of accentuating the brand.

If Tanaka is a $15-20M grab, the NYY will not have any problem accommodating his #.

Robert Muldhoon
1 year 8 months ago

M’s have 20 – 30 M left to spend. I think probably only the Dodgers and stankees may have more $ available.

TheoHoyer
1 year 8 months ago

Get em Cubs. 6 years/150 million. He has no other reason to sign in Chicago other than the money.

Jason Johnson
1 year 8 months ago

Definitely looks like the Cubs will get him and I’m happy about that.

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

Cubbies have a better chance of signing Mr. Magoo than of getting Tanaka. Theo is a genius, but your team is NOT a contender and Tanaka is NOT coming fresh off a Championship to join a team mired in a millenial swoon that also holds the dubious record of both the longest league pennant drought and the longest World Series drought in history.

Sorry!

You’ve got to plug the holes in the life raft before you take on passengers.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

That’s like Felix, Kershaw money for a SP that’s never played in MLB. I just don’t see him hitting that high of $$$ personally.

Matt
1 year 8 months ago

Kershaw money will be like nothing anyone has ever seen before. He is going to by far get the largest contract for a pitcher, and probably anyone, in baseball history.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

The Cubs don’t even have a decent team to bring him to, and a long ways from contending, and a LONG ways from Japan to visit!

BillB325
1 year 8 months ago

money

meinhardt1992
1 year 8 months ago

what are you talking about!? the Cubs are on the cusp of contending and should have at least a 70-80 win season this year. and by next year we should be starting to contend Tanka can only help our team and would be a great center piece to work the rotation around…Castro and Rizzo should improve, and we have Almora, Baez, Bryant, and Soler all coming up within the next year or two not to mention Lake who did decent last year in his rookie season

Yankee Pinstripes
1 year 8 months ago

On the “cusp of contending”? Hmmm, about the same as saying “on the cusp of winning MegaMillions”.

Cubbies have been saying that since 1908.

I know you guys love your team, but GEEZ!

You are NOT a contender!

Kyle
1 year 8 months ago

A $170MM commitment for a guy that hasn’t thrown in MLB is rough. Then again, Darvish cost the Rangers about $108MM.

Kyle
1 year 8 months ago

Hoping the Rangers can convince him.

Phil Merkel
1 year 8 months ago

It’s possible….if they can sign him, then they have the flexibility to trade a SP, Ogando, and Moreland for a DH-type (if it really takes that much to get one). That would free up some $$$$ to allow this to happen.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Buckle up, friends.

Taylor Hope
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners better push hard for him… Tanaka definitely fits “the right guy” mold Jack Z was talking about spending on. Do it, Jack. At least be active.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

Can’t wait to see the AAV of his future deal.

Mike LaRose
1 year 8 months ago

Finally!

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 8 months ago

Well, it is my understanding that the Yankees want to stay below the 189 million dollar threshold. I suppose that little idea will be thrown out the window?

The Dodgers have assembled one of the greatest bullpens ever, if everyone behaves and gets along and stays healthy. So why would the Dodgers need him? So maybe there’s hope for the Cubs. The Mariners would be interesting. I don’t know where Tanaka is going to go, but it was nice of the Powers that Be at Rakuten to let Tanaka be posted.

ultimate913
1 year 8 months ago

The “new” plan is to either be under 189 or go way over. No point in going over if they end up at like 192.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

I’m no Yankee Fan but you are exactly right. They are going to get so HARD with the Luxury Tax as it is, but the more payroll the higher the Tax goes. Even if they go all out and jump payroll back to $220M, isn’t that like $110M Extra they have to pay to MLB in Luxury Tax? OUCH

Michael Chin
1 year 8 months ago

You don’t even know how MLB payroll work. Where did you get $110M from? The luxury tax is assessed at a varying percentage on teams over the cap which would be 189 million this year. Therefore if the Yankees do go over this year, they would pay either 40 to 50% of the amount they went over the cap which is hardly 110M. Around 20M to 35M by rough estimates but the revenue they gain from fielding a championship team is 80M.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

You pay on what you are over, not total. Is just like normal tax rates. When you jump from a 0% to a 5% tax bracket you don’t pay that on whole income, just amount in the next bracket.

If they get under the % resets to a lower level. That is why even though the Dodgers and the Yankees had roughly equal payroll, the Yankees paid way more.

ShaneRedsFan
1 year 8 months ago

So happy to hear this even though it’s unlikely he signs with my team. It’s going to be very exciting watching him take the mound for the first time next season!

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

Welcome to NY Tanaka.

Brandon Duenas
1 year 8 months ago

Dbacks please!!! PLEASE GOD.

1 year 8 months ago

Finally, this has been the biggest build up for no apparent reason. Now all that’s left is for the A-Rod verdict to come out and we can all stop with the unnecessary drama. But, YAY! BIDDING WARS!

I’m gonna say he gets 7 years at about $140MM because I was to see it get crazy.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

That would be pretty crazy. I don’t see it getting that high, but how desperate the Cubs are they just might make that type of offer. Doesn’t mean Tanaka will go to the highest bidder either.

BillB325
1 year 8 months ago

I’ll say he gets 8yrs at 145MM with a AAV of 17 million and a 9 million signing bonus. Specific.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

I’d take that.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

There’s almost no reason not to pay the 20 mil and get in for any team. Remember, the player gets to choose his location this time, so he may not take the largest contract.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

Exactly!