Masahiro Tanaka Is D’Backs Top Priority

Masahiro Tanaka is the Diamondbacks' No. 1 target, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).  The D'Backs continue to explore trades and free agents as they await the decision on whether Tanaka will be posted.

Arizona has made no secret of their desire to land a frontline starter.  Tanaka, who is widely regarded as the top arm on the open market this winter, would certainly fit the bill.

The MLB and NPB are said to be in agreement on a new posting system and it should be ratified by the MLB Executive Council on Monday.  MLB fully expects the Golden Eagles ace to be posted.


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  1. brian310 2 years ago

    Has he even been officially posted?

    • Yankees27 2 years ago

      No he has not, even if he is, the Yankees will be going very hard after him, and multiple teams will post the 20 Millions Maximum where then Tanaka can choose who he wants to play for

      • Cubstein 2 years ago

        And he will likely choose the team offering the biggest contract.

    • brian310 2 years ago

      I don’t understand why this gets downvoted…it was a simple question.

      • dc21892 2 years ago

        I was wondering the same thing. The way it was worded made it sound like he had been posted.

        • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

          “The D’Backs continue to explore trades and free agents as they await the decision on whether Tanaka will be posted.”

          Where in this statement does it sound like he has been posted?

          • Guest 2 years ago

            Because that part didn’t exist when I had posted the question?

      • Robert Mango 2 years ago

        b/c it says in the article that they expect him to be posted.

        • brian310 2 years ago

          When I asked the question it was literally 3 sentences and did not include that part. The first paragraph was all that was there.

        • brian310 2 years ago

          When I asked the question it was literally 3 sentences and did not include that part. The first paragraph was all that was there.

        • dc21892 2 years ago

          Not when it was first posted… There was just the report that it was their no 1 target.

      • baybombers 2 years ago

        hahaha seriously

      • baybombers 2 years ago

        hahaha seriously

      • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

        one you could have answered yourself by reading the article as it clearly states that he hasn’t been posted

  2. Denny Doyle 2 years ago

    Masahiro Tanaka is (insert your team’s name here)’s No. 1 target.

    • Michael 2 years ago

      I tried to insert Astros and Orioles, but it wouldn’t take it.

      • BobMarley22 2 years ago

        Didn’t you hear, who needs Tanaka when the Orioles can have Chad Gaudin instead!

  3. matt luce 2 years ago

    Haha good luck with that small market

  4. MB923 2 years ago

    I think he’s a top priority for every team after a SP.

    • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

      And even some that a SP isn’t even a priority

  5. ratboy 2 years ago

    He’s not getting posted…

  6. JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

    Take a number

  7. mrcourt123 2 years ago

    Good luck with that. Even if he’s posted, do they think they can beat the Dodgers in a bidding war? Or that Tanaka would choose to negotiate with them instead of the Dodgers or Yankees?

    • Denny Doyle 2 years ago

      What is new rule? after everyone posts the 20mil, he can only select one team to negotiate, or can he negotiate with any of the teams?

  8. matt luce 2 years ago

    That means garza is already out of there price range

    • Rook 2 years ago

      It means they want a better pitcher than Garza.

      • matt luce 2 years ago

        And how do you know he’s better. Garza is a proven pitcher with a good track record.

        • Rook 2 years ago

          Very true. Garza is proven #3. Whoever signs Tanaka is going to be paying at least #2 price is what I’m thinking. Hoping he’s an ace.

        • BXDBACK 2 years ago

          Career .500 W/L and a 3.8+. A proven waste of money for whoever overpays for him.

        • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

          Because the Dbacks are looking for an Ace and Garza is not an Ace he’s a 3 at best

    • JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

      Tanaka will probably cost more now that the posting rules have changed.

  9. TheOne247 2 years ago

    Get in line D’Backs!

  10. Rook 2 years ago

    This will all depend on what teams feel they can gamble per year and for how long. The guy hasn’t thrown a pitch in MLB yet.

  11. Jeff Miller 2 years ago

    Assuming Tanaka is even posted almost every team in the league will post the $20M max giving them a chance to negotiate a deal with him. He’ll essentially just be a free agent with a $20M qualifying offer.

    • MB923 2 years ago

      I got a feeling Jeffrey Loria won’t even bid a penny

      • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

        He’ll bid, offer a 10-year $200M contract and then trade him in spring training.

        • brian310 2 years ago

          Don’t forget it will all be backloaded. 5 mill year 1, 195 mill years 2-10

          • stl_cards16 2 years ago

            As long as their is a team out there willing to bail him out AND send quality prospects in the deal, sounds like a pretty smart move.

      • slider32 2 years ago

        Loria might offer him the best contract, they are a young team with a lot of talent!

    • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

      You do realize the 20M doesn’t go to him it’s the fee the Japanese team gets to allow him to negociate and sign with a team

  12. Da Zhang 2 years ago

    Well too bad because he is also the Yankees top priority

  13. AZDbacksfan1 2 years ago

    This will probably never happen :(

    • North 2 years ago

      There’s always Samardzija.

      • AZDbacksfan1 2 years ago

        Rosenthal reported Dbacks were out of running.. no Skaggs anymore

        • godzillacub 2 years ago

          You say that like Kevin Towers isn’t your GM.

        • godzillacub 2 years ago

          You say that like Kevin Towers isn’t your GM.

        • North 2 years ago

          Once KT consumes enough alcohol again, we’ll see a trade.

      • AZDbacksfan1 2 years ago

        Rosenthal reported Dbacks were out of running.. no Skaggs anymore

      • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

        Dbacks are looking for an Ace and shark is not…he’s worth giving up Cahill and McCarthy for

    • North 2 years ago

      There’s always Samardzija.

  14. meep 2 years ago

    if he posted ill be surprise if the dbacks get him since his contract going to be pretty big.

  15. meep 2 years ago

    MLB might fully expects the Golden Eagles ace to be posted. but with how his team is talking there still that 50% chance he wont be.

  16. Robert Mango 2 years ago

    Gee, every team wants him. Shocker. So he’s going to pick his new team basically. I predicted the Dodgers get him (on the mlbtraderumors contest) b/c its going to be between, them, the yankees, and if they want him, the red sox. In Japan, do u think he knows who the diamondbacks are? i’m sure he knows the other three teams, and i’m sure they’ll offer him the most on top of that.

    • Cubstein 2 years ago

      Dodgers are already at almost 200 Million without signing arbitration eligible players. Don’t think they are going to drop 20 million per on Tanaka. Gonna come down to the Yankees and Cubs. Probably goes to the highest bidder and it will be one of those two.

  17. Brandon Duenas 2 years ago

    Arizona is all talk so far. They need to land one of Tankana, Price, Sale or Hamels or no one will care. Santana and Garza are NOT aces. Cmon KT.

    • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

      They’d have to deal Archie Bradley to get Price, Sale or Hamels.

      • Brandon Duenas 2 years ago

        Which is exactly why they need Tankana. I think they could get Hamels without giving up Bradley. Still have Gregorius, Cahill, Trahan, Davidson, Owings, McCarthy, and plenty other solid prospects.

        • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

          I doubt they could get Hamels without including Bradley unless it’s like a 5 or 6 for 1 type move. The Phillies have Rollins at SS and Utley at 2B the next 2 years, so no need for Gregorious or Owings. Cahill is a nice pitcher, but he’s owed $46M the next 4 years and outside of 2010 he’s been maybe a #3 SP. McCarthy would essentially be a salary dump since he’s does nothing outside of Oakland and almost anyone can pitch there.

          To get the Phillies to part with Hamels in a deal that doesn’t involve Bradley it would probably cost: Corbin, Davidson, Barrett, Trahan, Stites and a PTBNL that eventually becomes Braden Shipley when he’s eligible to be traded.

          It’s really gotta be a lot to get the Phillies to part with Hamels if Bradley is off the table.

          • Brandon Duenas 2 years ago

            Corbin, Davidson, Barrett, Trahan and Stites for Hamels? HA HA good one

          • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

            I know, it’s a lot. Think about it from the Phillies perspective; do they need to trade Hamels? Why would they trade such a proven commodity if the return isn’t ridiculous?

          • Cubstein 2 years ago

            Free up over 22 million in per year cap space for an aging player.

          • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

            Aging? He’ll be 30 to start the season. That’s not exactly old.

          • Cubstein 2 years ago

            So how much money per year do you think he’s worth. Because if he’s worth only 22 million they should be willing to part with him for nothing because they are getting 22 million in relief in return. Maybe he’s worth a little more and gets a minor prospect. Point is he’s now post 30 and will be 35 by the end of his contract, and pitcher’s aren’t exactly the healthiest bunch. They tend to develop problems with their arm due to the unnatural wear and tear pitching puts on the arm.

          • Cubstein 2 years ago

            Phillies don’t want to eat any salary so I doubt it that much to get him. He’s being paid over 22 million per year. Really just a salary dump is what it appears they are looking for.

          • Cubstein 2 years ago

            Hamels is owed about 22 million and Phils don’t want to pay any of it. Shouldn’t take that much to get him as he’s being paid what he’s worth a major prospect in addition to that.

          • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

            It absolutely should. Hamels isn’t declining and is under control for at least 5 years, possibly 6. Big price tag, yes. But he’s a proven big league star that has lead a team to a WS title and is still pitching at a high level. Those kind of players don’t grow on trees.

            The Diamondbacks would be giving up prospects other than Corbin. It’s not like prospects have ever failed to live up to expectations. The Phillies aren’t just gonna give him away.

          • Luke Anderson 2 years ago

            Corbin is pretty much considered untouchable. I am never letting you touch anything that has to do with value

        • GRINGOMHT 2 years ago

          And were at one point talking giving up picks in upcoming draft

  18. Brandon Duenas 2 years ago

    Sick of Arizona being “in the conversation” to land a big name. I won’t believe it until I see it.

    • BobMarley22 2 years ago

      Well they did get Mark Trumbo but I wouldn’t really consider that a ” big name”.

  19. Edgar4evar 2 years ago

    Get in line, snakes.

  20. Edgar4evar 2 years ago

    Get in line, snakes.

  21. Andy Todd 2 years ago

    Actually I wouldn’t mind sort of to see him go to D-Backs, they did get snubbed on Darvish and some of the other Japan imports in recent years.

  22. Cubstein 2 years ago

    Arizona is already almost at it’s budget from last year (Their highest budget ever) once you figure in salary, expected arbitration players and minimum wage players. Don’t see them as major competitors against teams like Cubs and Yankees who have a ton of cap space removed from last year.

  23. Marlee420 2 years ago

    Where are the Diamond backs getting all their money these days ? Just a few years ago they were having trouble making payroll.

    • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

      The Diamondbacks will get a little over $90M from TV deals and revenue sharing starting in 2014. That will only go up as 7 teams, including the Diamondbacks, sign new local TV deals in the next 5-6 years.

      • Rook 2 years ago

        Where did you see the Dbacks TV deal info? I’d like to read it if you remember.

        • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

          Google search. I think it’s about $30M/year, give or take. Take 34% that goes into the revenue sharing pool and add $72M from the national TV deal, revenue sharing and MLB Advanced Media that every team gets.

          • Rook 2 years ago

            Yeah I found it. $31 million a year. It expires after 2014 so they should get a big boost on the next deal.
            It wont be the Dodgers $300 million a year or whatever they get, but it should be a lot more than $31 million.

          • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

            It’ll probably go up to at least $80M/year or so. Which in turn raises what they put towards revenue sharing, but it also increases what they get from it. At $80M/year on their local TV deal they’d be looking at somewhere around $125M in guaranteed money before ticket sales and other revenue streams. Most teams could cover their payroll and operating costs with that money these days.

          • Rook 2 years ago

            I Think it will end up higher actually. I don’t know if they will spend it all on players though. I read that the Dbacks actually have around $114 million they could spend on the 2014 payroll. If thats a legit number, if they get an $80+ million deal the following year, they should be able to spend more on players if they choose to.
            That may actually be why they are spending or trying to spend money now. The better the team does next year, the higher that TV deal could be.

          • Jeff Miller 2 years ago

            Could definitely be higher. I was just being conservative. Either way, there are 7 teams with expiring TV deals before 2020. By that time most teams will be looking at $115M+ is guaranteed money before they even go to their own books. There will no longer be “small market” teams. Just teams that can afford 2-3 $20M/year deals and teams that can afford 6-7. I doubt we’ll ever see a team with 6-7 $20M/year players, but the money will be there to do it. It’ll also make it easier for big contracts to be moved to just about anywhere instead of 3 or 4 big market teams.

          • Luke Anderson 2 years ago

            Hall and KT said the payroll could be in the 112 million for the team. With trumbo I dont know what are payroll is at the current moment

  24. sew2989 2 years ago

    “Arizona has made no secret of their desire to land a frontline starter.
    Tanaka, who is widely regarded as the top arm on the open market this
    winter, would certainly fit the bill.”
    …except that he’s not on the open market, Mr. Links.

    • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 years ago

      Considering the capped posting fee bid, and the ability to negotiate with multiple teams, it’s pretty close to open market I guess.

  25. Andrew Cromack 2 years ago

    I would love to see the dbacks land Tanaka and with the TV money coming in next year I wouldn’t count us out yet. Sure the Yanks and Dodgers have a little more wiggle room, but ken Kendrick has said he would fork out more money for the right person. And I strongly think he would do so for Tanaka. If KT somehow actually makes this happen I might just forgive him for the last few failures (trade wise) that he has made, IE selling on Kennedy short, Cahill trade was a bust, Breslow for Albers trade was a wash, and now this Trumbo trade was kinda loppsided. The only really good trade he has had so far was the Aaron Hill trade.

    • Luke Anderson 2 years ago

      Cahill has been above average pitcher the last few seasons

      • Andrew Cromack 2 years ago

        Your telling me you would rather have Cahill over Parker? NO way. Cahill cant pitch at chase to save his life. On the road hes pretty rock soild but when half of your starts are at home……

        • Luke Anderson 2 years ago

          If half his starts are at home then the other half are away…so where is your point

          • Andrew Cromack 2 years ago

            I guess you either missed the point or didn’t read what I wrote. Basically he is only effective half the time then and has not been very consistent.

  26. slider32 2 years ago

    This ruling will be known as the Tanaka ruling!

  27. JasonGrabowski 2 years ago

    Just like kuroda, tanaka will not want to go to az.

  28. Revery 2 years ago

    Yeah right. Tanaka is DBacks main priority means that Matt Garza is DBacks main priority. Towers gets Garza to sign for 4/56 to get the SP market moving?

  29. BXDBACK 2 years ago

    Maybe he will see videos of the pool and choose Phoenix. You never know. He may love to swim.

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