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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99 Comments on "Masahiro Tanaka Is D’Backs Top Priority"


brian310
1 year 8 months ago

Has he even been officially posted?

Yankees27
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

brian310
1 year 8 months ago

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

dc21892
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months ago

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

brian310
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

baybombers
1 year 8 months ago

hahaha seriously

baybombers
1 year 8 months ago

hahaha seriously

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months ago

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

Denny Doyle
1 year 8 months ago

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

Michael
1 year 8 months ago

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

BobMarley22
1 year 8 months ago

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

matt luce
1 year 8 months ago

Haha good luck with that small market

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months ago

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

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

He’s not getting posted…

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

Take a number

mrcourt123
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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?

Oren Jungreis
1 year 8 months ago

He can negotiate with all of them

matt luce
1 year 8 months ago

That means garza is already out of there price range

Rook
1 year 8 months ago

It means they want a better pitcher than Garza.

matt luce
1 year 8 months ago

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

Rook
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months ago

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

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

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

TheOne247
1 year 8 months ago

Get in line D’Backs!

Rook
1 year 8 months 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.

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

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

brian310
1 year 8 months ago

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

stl_cards16
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months 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

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

Of course.

Da Zhang
1 year 8 months ago

Well too bad because he is also the Yankees top priority

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

And 29 other teams.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

28 since he was talking to the Dbacks :p

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

This will probably never happen :(

North
1 year 8 months ago

There’s always Samardzija.

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

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

godzillacub
1 year 8 months ago

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

godzillacub
1 year 8 months ago

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

North
1 year 8 months ago

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

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months ago

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

North
1 year 8 months ago

There’s always Samardzija.

jeremy
1 year 8 months ago

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

jeremy
1 year 8 months 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.

Robert Mango
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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.

Brandon Duenas
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

Brandon Duenas
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

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

Cubstein
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months 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
1 year 8 months ago

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

GRINGOMHT
1 year 8 months ago

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

Brandon Duenas
1 year 8 months ago

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

BobMarley22
1 year 8 months ago

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

mack22
1 year 8 months ago

And that will blow up in their face.

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

Get in line, snakes.

Edgar4evar
1 year 8 months ago

Get in line, snakes.