Poll: Which Team Will Sign Masahiro Tanaka?

The Rakuten Golden Eagles have opted to post star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, and now MLB teams will have a chance to battle it out for the chance to sign an ace. The posting process will begin Thursday morning, and will be done by January 24. Effectively, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News notes, any team can negotiate with Tanaka if it’s willing to pay the Golden Eagles a posting fee of $20MM.

Tanaka has chosen Casey Close of Excel Sports Management to represent him. Close represents star Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, as well as Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees. In addition to the Dodgers and Yankees, Tanaka has been linked to the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Angels, and Rangers. Not all those teams are equally likely to sign Tanaka, obviously. So have at it — who do you think will get him?


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252 Comments on "Poll: Which Team Will Sign Masahiro Tanaka?"


AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

Can someone tell me why nobody thinks the dbacks don’t even have a shot at him? They have plenty of payroll room and they’ve been looking at him since day one, not to mention it seems KT wants to pay big bucks to have him on the team

centerfield_ballhawk
1 year 8 months ago

Of all places, why would he want to pitch in Arizona?Just doesn’t seem like an obvious fit for his talents.

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

I guess you’re right. I mean, the dbacks are willing to give him a lot of money, but besides that there really isn’t any other reason for him to want to come here. Im pretty sure Japan has heard of the New York Yankees or the Chicago cubs but not the Arizona diamondbacks

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 8 months ago

But then again they could make the pitch that Tanaka would become the star Ace that I’m sure he’s always wanted to be in America. But hey, we’ll just wait and see.

justinept
1 year 8 months ago

So you’re basically pandering to an ego you don’t know he has while insulting his competitiveness. You’re saying “Hey Tanaka. Don’t go to the Dodgers or the Rangers because you’ll never be a better pitcher than Kershaw or Darvish – an in turn, you’ll never be their ‘star pitcher.'” That’s an interesting tactic…

As for why people count out the DBacks – it’s because they don’t have much of a history of attracting star talent. Sure, they signed Randy Johnson once upon a time, but that was 15 years ago.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Imo For someone really competitive it is way more painful to watch a team that continually lets you down than having to not be the best player on his team.

Mike Query
1 year 8 months ago

Extreme hitters park in Phoenix of all places, take off the homer glasses and think about it from his perspective for a second.

jamman
1 year 8 months ago

Hitters park? Yankee Stadium is a hitters park too maybe you forgot?

Ferrariman
1 year 8 months ago

and what exactly is Wrigley Field, Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Arlington….

Steve Corbett
1 year 8 months ago

Forget Fenway, the Sox ain’t in this one. They’re still feeling the sting when they rolled the “Dice” years ago.

Mike Query
1 year 8 months ago

He is Japanese right, maybe you should think about how outside of Texas, those other cities are all major US Cities with a decent Asian population. So like I said, think about it from his perspective. Its more than just a baseball decision for him.

1 year 8 months ago

“outside of Texas, those other cities are all major US Cities with a decent Asian population.”

Not trying to be rude or disrespectful, but I’m not really sure what you’re saying here.

Are you implying that Texas is not a major us city? If so you’re right. It’s a State. Secondly, the DFW metroplex has a pretty good sized Asian population. I know that when Darvish pitches, he has plenty of support from the Asian population.

Mike Query
1 year 8 months ago

Numbers are significantly higher than what I found, yet assuming they are right, also still significantly lower than Chicago, LA, Boston and NY. With Phoenix nowhere to be found at all, which was my original point. Im not ruling out the Rangers for him at all.

And clearly typing Texas rather than Arlington or Dallas or whatever was an oversight.

1 year 8 months ago

“outside of Texas, those other cities are all major US Cities with a decent Asian population.”

Not trying to be rude or disrespectful, but I’m not really sure what you’re saying here.

Are you implying that Texas is not a major us city? If so you’re right. It’s a State. Secondly, the DFW metroplex has a pretty good sized Asian population. I know that when Darvish pitches, he has plenty of support from the Asian population.

TEXINTILLIDIE
1 year 8 months ago

The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area is the 4th largest in the U.S. And has over 400,000 Asian residents.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Thats it?
My county alone has more than half of that.

George White Jr
1 year 7 months ago

Well Los Angeles Has The Largest Japanese Population In America

TEXINTILLIDIE
1 year 8 months ago

The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area is the 4th largest in the U.S. And has over 400,000 Asian residents.

ConstantinusMagnus
1 year 8 months ago

Arlington is also a hitters park.

Anthony
1 year 8 months ago

If this is the case Tanaka will obviously want to pitch at Target Field in Minnesota! Oh, wait, it’s not the Yankees, darn. Gotta pitch for the Yankees, “America’s Team.”

blackdodgernatn
1 year 7 months ago

U really think he’s gonna sign brush its a pitchers park…if so send him somewhere in SoCal… If he’s as good as they make him sound he should be capable of pitching wherever he wants lol

Dynasty22
1 year 8 months ago

Because the D-Backs are going up against big spenders like the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Angels, etc. Do the D-Backs have a chance? Yes, but compared to those other teams it is slim.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

They don’t really have a ton of payroll room. They have 7 million less salary than last year, which was their highest salary since 2002. This year they will already likely be above that number just by finishing out the arbitration process with the remaining arbitration players. To sign Tanaka they would have to blow past any previous payroll limit they’ve ever had.

jmclennan
1 year 8 months ago

Kevin Towers said their salary “could eclipse” $112 million this year, and even after arb-ing out, they’re only at $99m. Also, in two years, they’ll get a new TV contract, which will likely give them $30 million extra income a year. They have PLENTY of payroll room, especially for the later years of a deal.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

Ok so they’re at 99 million after Arb. Tanaka is going to likely cost a 20 million bid and another 20 million annual. That puts you at 139 million. More than just a small eclipses of 112 million. Even if you don’t count the post fee it’s 119 million with roster spots remaining to be filled.

The TV deal two years from now doesn’t help them spend money now. Cubs are renegotiating their current TV. D-backs have pitching, I don’t see their urgency for Tanaka.

jmclennan
1 year 8 months ago

The D-backs roster has basically no spots left to fill except the fifth starter, so that’s not an issue. At worst (depending on what “eclipse” means), affording Tanaka simply involves weighting a deal a little towards the back end, when the new revenue stream comes in. Believe me, the team wouldn’t have been scouting him if they didn’t think they could afford it.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

Well their roster after arbitration and “signing Tanaka” would sit at 19. Filling the remaining spots at minimum costs an additional 3 million so we’re at 122 million. 10 million more than that 112 million figure previously mentioned.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t worry what anybody thinks. Nobody thought Cano was going to Seattle. Seattle isn’t even on this list. The money is going to be there from any of about 5 or 6 teams. It’s all going to be about where he wants to pitch for the next 7 years.
I’m pulling for the M’s. They have two TOR arms, one being an old teammate and countryman from Ratuken, the other being Felix Hernandez. Seattle signed the top FA this off season and are ready to spend on the top FA pitcher as well.
Seattle is closer to Japan, not that it means much, and it has a very friendly Japanese community that Ichiro and Iwakuma have appreciated.
Seattle has a very nice core of young MLB talent that can stack up with just about anyone in Seager, Miller, Ackley, Franklin, Walker, Paxton, Zunino and more in the shute.
If KT wins this, congrats. As a Mariner fan, I don’t have to tell you what team I’m pulling for.

Gilford V
1 year 8 months ago

I will add that the Mariners are still under Japanese ownership and Safeco is a pitcher;s haven, It is a match made in heaven.

scott brecht
1 year 8 months ago

your question makes no sense. double negative.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

I think the simplest answer is this:

As baseball fans, we have been trained, through arduous repetition, to understand that when Yankee Need collides with Yankee Desire, the resultant explosion typically yields showers of money, and a whole lot of griping from Yankee haters and bitter small market fans alike.

And considering that the new process is a straight up bidding war, devoid of the stealth and secrecy of the old posting process, and incorporating the far more capitalistic concept of an agent shopping offers around and playing G.M.’s against each other, the picture on the puzzle box just seems to look more and more like a young Japanese pitcher wearing pinstripes and a Yankees’ cap, no matter how hard one might try to mix up the pieces.

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

I think the simplest answer is this:

As baseball fans, we have been trained, through arduous repetition, to understand that when Yankee Need collides with Yankee Desire, the resultant explosion typically yields showers of money, and a whole lot of griping from Yankee haters and bitter small market fans alike.

And considering that the new process is a straight up bidding war, devoid of the stealth and secrecy of the old posting process, and incorporating the far more capitalistic concept of an agent shopping offers around and playing G.M.’s against each other, the picture on the puzzle box just seems to look more and more like a young Japanese pitcher wearing pinstripes and a Yankees’ cap, no matter how hard one might try to mix up the pieces.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Their largest payroll ever was $86M. Those aren’t the teams willing to take a gamble on a $20M aav player.

Junior7188
1 year 8 months ago

Its going to be the yankees, they know that arod is most likely not getting suspended the whole 211 games, sot that means the yankees are already over the luxury tax, so they can give as much as they want, and they should, they need pitching.

East Coast Bias
1 year 8 months ago

ARod doesn’t need to be suspended for the full 211 games for the Yankees to reap benefits towards the luxury tax. If he’s suspended for the season, 162 games, his entire salary for the year will be voided for 2014. If he’s suspended for 81 games, then 50% of his 2014 salary, and so forth.

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

Plus he can’t hit 6 hr and earn that extra 30MM. But if he only gets the 50 games for his first offense like everyone else, he is a 46.66MM player this year alone with the 50 games taken out.

East Coast Bias
1 year 8 months ago

Uhh… I don’t think that’s accurate.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

I think your math is a bit off. He would need to get to 755 hr to get all the 30M. Is only $6M for each.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

He’s going to Seattle for the same reason Cano did.
Money. :)

JonnyAngel
1 year 8 months ago

I think it will likely boil down to where he wants to play and who is willing to give the most years. As much as I would love for the Angels to get him, he will probably sign with the Yankees

InvalidUserID
1 year 8 months ago

Seeing as how it won’t be simply the highest bidder and Tanaka gets to essentially pick his destination, it’s going to be hard to see him in a jersey other than pinstripes. It would either be a west coast team or one of the eastern powerhouses. I think it comes down to Seattle (I don’t buy their “we hit our payroll limit”), the Dodgers (can’t count them out with old Yankee deep pockets) and the Yankees (need plus cash).

My money is on the Yankees.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

Exactly InvalidUserID… The M’s haven’t hit their payroll limit. There just aren’t anymore FAs worth spending their money on. Garza for 5 years with his injury history? Are you kidding? Santana wants $100 million one year removed from a 5.16 ERA? Yikes! Jimenez stinks it up two years in Cleveland and wants what?!
The M’s have been waiting for Tanaka with their blank check since the Cano signing. Tanaka is going to have Iwakuma to help him transition to MLB so he doesn’t miss a beat. Felix, Iwakuma and Tanaka are going to be the best rotation in baseball when you add Walker and Paxton.
The M’s have a true #3 hitter in Seattle since Edgar Martinez retired. Cano is going to have a monster year on his way to an AL MVP. Life is good in Seattle. Next year we get an NBA team. LOL

bjsguess
1 year 8 months ago

Wow. That is one rosy picture you painted there.

I do find it funny that you are bashing hypothetical deals that other teams have yet to make while you extol the virtues of handing out the 3 largest contract in baseball history. Typically 10 year deals that pay guys until they are 41 don’t turn out great.

Could you also please remind us how you envision Cano winning the MVP award? He’s playing in a worse hitters park, on a worse team, with a significantly worse lineup. Basically, the M’s have to make it to the playoffs (currently no better than a 4th place team in the AL West) AND he will have to produce insane numbers. Great numbers alone on a non-playoff team won’t do it (see Trout, Mike who has crushed Cano two years in a row but is still looking for his MVP trophy).

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

Well, if I bashed a team besides the Yankees or the Angles, I apologize. The Cubs are about 2 years behind the M’s. They’ve got some awesome prospects but Bryant, Baez, Almora and Soler are likely to be ready in 2015 to 2016. They should keep that young core. The D-Backs, I don’t know anything about them. I didn’t like the Eaton for Trumbo move, but since I’m not a MLB GM, what do I know.
The reason the M’s can spend on Tanaka, if they do so, is they have a large portion of their roster making major league minimum or are just entering arbitration. They entered December with $33.275 million in contracts. They have said they can spend in the $100 million range or more for the right people. That’s nearly an increase in $70 million. The young kids are going to cost about $15 mill tops that leaves $55 to spend. They have spent around $40 mill so far this year. They aren’t broke and they don’t count the posting fee in their budget.

Osiris Torres
1 year 8 months ago

8% seems about right for the Angels chances, but wow that would be something if they could persuade him. After all, our only weakness is starting pitching…oh and the month of April…

LAAdesign
1 year 8 months ago

The only real weakness the Angels have been struggling with as of late is baseball.

dshires4
1 year 8 months ago

Beautiful reply, LAAdesign.

sourbob
1 year 8 months ago

That’s hilarious and I salute you. Still, Osiris Torres is referring to how they’re looking after their offseason, and I’m inclined to agree with the assessment.

Osiris Torres
1 year 8 months ago

How he got 34 likes, idk. Maybe a combination of ranger and dodger fans.

LAAdesign
1 year 8 months ago

Haha nope. All Angel fan here.

Osiris Torres
1 year 8 months ago

Im confused on whether ur name means ur a angels fan or just a troll
But yeah go ahead and crack a joke about the team if it makes it easier on you. Our pitching has always been the weakness. Since the bullpen has gotten better, only the starting pitching needs fixing. I thought that was obvious.

Dynasty22
1 year 8 months ago

The Yankees are too starting pitching deprived to let Tanaka slip by their fingers. I predict the Yankees.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 8 months ago

Such an obviously right answer. The team with the greatest need will be the one willing to pay him the most. Much as I’d love to see him pitch for the Dodgers, it’s likely the Yankees will outbid them.

MadmanTX
1 year 8 months ago

Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs etc can offer $400mil for a year or whatever of Tanaka, but he’s going to choose a winning team, a good environment and no state income tax. That’s the Rangers all the way everyday.

Osiris Torres
1 year 8 months ago

state income argument is overrated…highly doubt Darvish would’ve picked Arlington if he had a choice.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

That’s the point he didn’t have a ‘choice’!

Osiris Torres
1 year 8 months ago

yeah, i know.

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

yeah when state income is at 8% on 120,000,000 he has to pay 9.6MM. I think it makes about a 10MM dollar difference. I’m pretty sure New York’s is higher than that. Add in a place like Seattle is cheaper place to live and closer to home and yes, I think it matters.

Daniel
1 year 8 months ago

I would just like to point something out to everyone. In the U.S., a professional player on a team sport is considered an employee of the team. The player is then taxed based on where the income is earned. The accepted compliance is that you prorate your income based on how many games you play in each state.

So there are two things to get from this:

1. The calculation to compare the state income tax for each team is not easy or quick.

2. Because you don’t always get the full weight of your team’s home state’s tax, the playing field is slightly leveled.

Example: a player on LAA will have to pay slightly more than half of his state income taxes to CA depending on days off (home games and vs. OAK, LAD, and other interleague), but the rest of the divisional games are income-taxless states: Texas and Washington.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

But you still end up paying income taxes in other states when it isn’t a home game.

Readjust for that and it isn’t quite as attractive, it is less than a million a year. Tax rates are important, but at that salary he can afford to be where he wants to be.

Kind of like the way many many people that would love to be in California if it was cheaper. Not saying that Texas doesn’t have many great places, but sometimes money isn’t everything, and many 25 yo people do not dream of living in Texas.

CDADodgers
1 year 8 months ago

He would be here on a Visa for work, he would be in a different tax bracket all together.

Ferrariman
1 year 8 months ago

I’m not sure how Texas works, but in Illinois i know it is you pay income taxes to the area where you earned your “income”(Texas)…not where your residential zipcode is (err..Japan).

Ferrariman
1 year 8 months ago

or file taxes for both locations, taxes are always a messy process. Its never so cut and dry.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

Technically both the citizenship country and the United States can claim taxes, however most countries have agreements so people aren’t getting double taxed. Same with States. Even if you earn income out of Illinois if you’re an Illinois resident you still pay taxes on it and you can pay taxes to another state but you get credited with the taxes you’ve paid in another state.

Ferrariman
1 year 8 months ago

so in another words…no one is correct.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

You have it right Ferrariman. It’s messy but the accountants have to figure out what players get paid for each game and they pay taxes in most of the states they play in accordingly. It comes down to the 81 games you play at home that affects your state income tax if you have one. Washington does not but we have the highest taxes on everything else. Gas tax, employment taxes, etc.

jjs91
1 year 8 months ago

The rangers are a winning team all day everyday?

Jonathan
1 year 8 months ago

I can see the Blue Jays o M’s getting him

Dodgers.714
1 year 8 months ago

Dodgers

jamman
1 year 8 months ago

I see no reason why Arizona wouldn’t have a shot this has made it an even playing field now so no longer are the big market clubs just a given anymore. ARIZONA has been scouting Tanaka for month’s in Japan

Charlie Burns
1 year 8 months ago

They thing is, every other team has been scouting him aggressively too. I bet even the Astros are thinking about throwing out a posting bid and offer up possible contract.

Charlie Burns
1 year 8 months ago

They thing is, every other team has been scouting him aggressively too. I bet even the Astros are thinking about throwing out a posting bid and offer up possible contract.

ShaneRedsFan
1 year 8 months ago

I see the Yankees signing him but I hope the Cubs do just so I can go watch him pitch when they come to Cincinnati!

JoeCroninAndRonSanto
1 year 8 months ago

You, Shane, are the true meaning of a baseball fan. Most fans wouldn’t want a potential ace to stroll into the arms of a division opponent.

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

Baseball fan first!

RIYankeeGuy
1 year 8 months ago

Classy post and more noble than I sir. Still, an easier comment to make with the state of the Cubs as is. I wonder how’d you feel if the Cardinals were the ones with heavy interest in the potential phenom.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

I voted Other because I think it’ll either be between the Tigers and Yankee’s.

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

Why would the Tigers spend $100M+ to sign Tanaka when they’ve gotta worry about extending a proven star pitcher in Max Scherzer?

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Because they could still trade Scherzer who they should’ve traded instead of Fister.

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

Sure they could trade Scherzer, but why would a team that has been to 3 straight LCS trade a big time proven SP and then spend $100M+ on a guy who has never thrown a pitch in the big leagues? As highly touted as Tanaka is, it’s a big step up from the NPB to MLB.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

They have like 3 players that cost more than some teams’ payrolls and when Scherzer becomes a free agent, there’s a good chance he’ll be paid more than what Tanaka will get. Technically a free agent, something like this usually never happens. Young and good and although Wins are not the greatest indication of a good pitcher, 24 and 0.

Obviously Tanaka has not pitched in the majors but he knows how to pitch. (Most likely already know this but has to be said again) Good velocity, good command, low walk rate, step below Darvish in terms of stuff but the difference between the two of them is that Tanaka is a strike thrower. It’s difficult to say he won’t be good in the majors, especially with that splitter and a good comparison in Kuroda. Scherzer can get the Tigers set up for the future if they trade him. Some extra money to spend and prospects to go with it (Which the Tigers lack and could cripple them if Scherzer is extended). Finally, win some more LCS.

Anyways, I’m calling it a night.

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

Scherzer will likely get more than Tanaka will if he hits the open market because he’s a known commodity. You know what you’re gonna get from Scherzer for the most part. Tanaka could be the next Hiroki Kuroda. He also might be the next Hideki Irabu or somewhere in the middle like Hideo Nomo.

That’s a huge risk trading a guy who just won a Cy Young for prospects and then replacing him with a complete unknown for $100M+.

I’d rather spend $130M or so to retain Scherzer than spend $120M+ (including posting fee) for a guy who might be something.

bobbleheadguru
1 year 8 months ago

That is exactly the point. Scherzer may be unsignable. Why not give LESS money to Tanaka than Scherzer, to keep the window open (with Verlander and Sanchez) after Scherzer leaves?

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

For some teams, many teams, it makes sense to splurge on Tanaka. For the Tigers, who are already one of the best teams in baseball, it doesn’t make sense to sign Tanaka if it means parting with Scherzer. Tanaka is a complete unknown while Scherzer is capable of winning a Cy Young and dominating the best offenses in the league. Why spend $120M+ (including the posting fee) for Tanaka when you could spend a bit more to keep the proven player?

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Think about it this way, long term contracts (Age, amount, length, etc) in bulk. The Tigers will have to pay Verlander, most importantly, 28 million in 2015 through 2019, Anibal Sanchez, and Miguel Cabrera who they’ll need to worry about soon. If they extend Scherzer, they’re going to most likely pay him for more declining years than prime years. On top of that, they have all these contracts along with some of Prince Fielders money owed to him. They could become the next Philadelphia Phillies. They signed Rollins, Lee, Papelbon, Howard to these ridiculous contracts, that it’s crippling them.

Yes, the Tigers are a good team right now but they also have another ace locked up for a long time (I noticed Verlander threw more change ups in his career in 2013 and less curveballs). If Tanaka doesn’t work out, bummer, but the Tigers will at least have some prospects, regardless of Scherzer only having 1 year left on his contract. Some team will pay a lot for a Cy Young winner who pitched well in the playoffs. (A trade that comes to mind, Cliff Lee to Texas). The Diamondbacks really want an ace (reunion?) and they have a lot of pitching.

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

I get what you’re saying, I just completely disagree with a WS contender trading a top level talent who will become expensive for prospects and replace him with an equally expensive player who hasn’t thrown a pitch against a MLB line-up. It would make more sense to sign Scherzer long-term, trade Anibal Sanchez for prospects and use that money to sign Tanaka.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe but keep in mind, if a team trades for Scherzer, that team will give him a qualifying offer. As a result, that team can replace whatever prospect, be it a top prospect, within the next few years. Also, I don’t want to argue with you about how good Scherzer but he has only had one elite season and his value will most likely not get any higher. With that being said, Anibal Sanchez might not get as good of a return and Tanaka will cost maybe 1-4 million less (Just guessing) than Sanchez. I don’t think many Scott Boras clients have been extended before free agency. I’m more focused on the future of the club, not just 2014. If the Tigers don’t do anything with the large contracts they’re paying their players now, they’ll most likely be in full rebuild mode in 2016 with not many prospects to show for.

Also, I don’t know if Scherzer signed another 1 year deal yet but chances are, it’s going to be double what he made in 2013.

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

No No chance we’re in on him. Tigers don’t need another SP and everything we’ve done with off season shows that we are at or near our spending limit.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Do you think the Tigers will get better by extending Scherzer with their thin farm system?

Jeff Miller
1 year 8 months ago

The only way the Tigers get anything of value in return for Scherzer is if he agrees to an extension and with Scott Boras as his agent that’s highly unlikely. Teams don’t fork over 3-4 prospects for players with 1-year of control anymore.

Lionel Bossman Craft
1 year 8 months ago

It seems teams are asking for a kings ransom for starting pitcher’s now no matter how much control is left. Pitchers seem to get more in return then position players.

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

I think Max is better than Tanaka. Tanaka is likely a 2-3 in the league while Max has been an ace the past few seasons.
That said, not sure we even resign him. You may see Robbie Ray in Max’s spot next year… And that would be a downgrade

EightMileCats
1 year 8 months ago

I think Max is better than Tanaka. Tanaka is likely a 2-3 in the league while Max has been an ace the past few seasons.
That said, not sure we even resign him. You may see Robbie Ray in Max’s spot next year… And that would be a downgrade

bobbleheadguru
1 year 8 months ago

Interesting. Makes sense. Scherzer may be unsignable. They would spend LESS money on Tanaka than a Scherzer extension.

Converge241
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners should be listed IMO (re: OTHER)

skrockij89
1 year 8 months ago

The “other” team is the Mariners. Don’t count them out.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 8 months ago

Agreed, Seattle is closest to Japan. Fellow teammate Iwakuma is on the team and the Mariners still have a bit of wiggle room left .

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 8 months ago

They also have the money and Seattle is the most popular team in Japan also he looked up to Kuma

JP
1 year 8 months ago

I’d love it if the Jays surprise us all and get him – but based on AA and Gibbons repeatedly saying the trade route is more likely than FA I’m not holding my breath.

Jeremy
1 year 8 months ago

He said he would be actively involved with Tanaka.

Jason J. Shaw
1 year 8 months ago

Considering not much is being said connecting Toronto with Tanaka, I’m expecting a snipe attempt to scoop him.

Soxfan1120
1 year 8 months ago

No mention of the Boston Red Sox as a possibility?That would give them the ability to trade Peavy and Dempster.

erik moseley
1 year 8 months ago

I agree. I see sox mari ers yanks or dodgers. I think havj g a Japanese player or two will help greatly

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

Yeah Red Sox could be a sleeper in this.

ConstantinusMagnus
1 year 8 months ago

Are the same people who guaranteed that Robinson Cano would never sign with the Seattle Mariners the same who dismiss the Arizona Diamondbacks’ chances at landing Masahiro Tanaka? Have some humility people.

drwheelock
1 year 8 months ago

And the same people that are also dismissing the Seattle Mariners now on Tanaka too!

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

Probably yeah but I really do not see anything wrong with that line of thinking. It is just speculation on their part and I might add that I really do not see Tanaka signing with the D-Backs, however, their money is as good as everyone elses though.

Trock
1 year 8 months ago

I think people realize that a ton of teams have the payroll to add him. It just all comes down to who they personally think will get him. More so they hope their team gets him

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

Why do you take it so personally? Everyone has their opinion, and, judging by the comments posted here, most of those opinions are very well reasoned. And it isn’t as if MLBTradeRumors asked us all to handicap the entire league’s chances…we were asked to pick the team we think most likely. And while some people may point out their reasons for not ranking the Diamondbacks or Mariners #1, doesn’t mean they are dismissing any chance those teams have. They are simply saying that, from their point of view, those destinations are LESS LIKELY than the Yankees, or the Dodgers, or whomever.

When I voted on the poll, I voted the Yankees. That is who I deem MOST LIKELY to land Tanaka. Nowhere did I postulate that ONLY THE YANKEES have any chance. If I were to handicap multiple teams, I would probably have the Yankees as the most likely landing spot, Dodgers/Mariners in a dead heat for second most likely, with the D’Backs next simply because Kevin Towers has been pretty transparent about his desire. I still don’t think Arizona would offer a more enticing opportunity than the Yankees, Dodgers or M’s, though.

And I will say it once again…if we all agreed all the time, baseball conversation would be all kinds of boring, and the off-season would probably feel twice as long.

anon_coward
1 year 8 months ago

LA has a large Japanese population. the M’s are owned by Nintendo.
why would someone who doesn’t speak any english go to play baseball in arizona? He’ll go somewhere where he can go out and do things on his own

Tim Bowers
1 year 8 months ago

Mariners are getting him, Japan owns the Mariners.

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 8 months ago

True that is why they got Darvish, Matsui, and Dice-K, simply because the country of Japan owns the Mariners.

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 8 months ago

Look at the mariners history they’ve gotten a majority of the Good Japanese players not all, but majority

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

That’s not the case. The reason those other teams got those players was because they went crazy on the posting fee. That’s not an issue anymore. There isn’t a team in MLB that shouldn’t offer up the $20 million now. It’s all about where the kid wants to play. Every team in major league baseball can afford Tanaka. MLB is loaded with cash.

stl_cards16
1 year 8 months ago

So then every team could afford to go crazy on a posting fee. The total dollars aren’t going to be any less to sign Tanaka now than it would have been under the old system.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

MLB owners are very wealthy people. They can afford to finance stadiums and pay for the players they want. But, why finance stadiums when you can get local governments to do it? Most teams can afford to spend large on a player or two. Teams like the Yankees, Rangers, Angels, Dodgers and Tigers can afford to pay for many.
A funny thing happens at major league stadiums (I guess that means Tampa doesn’t have a major league stadium) when there is a quality team. People show up and buy beers and nachos. An extra 8,000 fans in the seats every night for 81 nights pays for a super star.
Now that the posting fee is $20,000,000, if a MLB team can’t afford that they are cooking their books and skimming money off the top of the organization.

stl_cards16
1 year 8 months ago

I have no idea what any of that has to do with anything.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

Merry Christmas!

acerulli1
1 year 8 months ago

So true. I think the point that most fans are missing is that the new system really doesn’t limit the amount of money teams are going to spend, it really just ensures that far more of the money is going directly to the player, and far less to his old team.

Everyone could go and post the $20MM, but the majority of the teams in baseball still either can’t or won’t compete with the likes of the Yankees and Dodgers in a straight up bidding war, which is still what is going to occur. The only real change is that the Rakuten Golden Eagles are going to get hosed on that bidding war (comparatively speaking, that is), and Tanaka himself will benefit more.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

Point is for a team like the Yankees it’s going to add about 4 million a year to his contract because of the Luxury tax issues. Dodgers would probably pay an additional 3 million and just about any other team will be unaffected. So really it gives the smaller big market teams a better chance. Doesn’t help the small market teams.

1 year 8 months ago

Sorry boys he’s coming to the Rays.

Aron
1 year 8 months ago

lol plus 1 for the humor

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

The Rays have the money to do it and keep Price. They just have to keep crying poor to try and get a new stadium.

bernbabybern
1 year 8 months ago

Kind of odd to mention that Close is Teixeira’s agent but not mention that Close is Jeter’s agent.

docmilo5
1 year 8 months ago

Someone on here said Close is Kershaw’s and Greinke’s agent, too. Cot’s says Kershaw’s agent is someone else, though.

AJ
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t think the Angels will give up the chance after watching Texas and Darvish. Not to say it’s a foregone conclusion that Tanaka = Darvish, pretty unlikely actually, but with pitching the #1 need I think Art will fork out whatever it takes.

Charlie Burns
1 year 8 months ago

I think the issue is Arte is a really frugal person and I doubt he is going to waste money going over the luxury tax to take a gamble on Tanaka. I think the Angels are set for the time being with Skaggs and Santiago holding down the lower parts of the rotation.

Steven Russell
1 year 8 months ago

I’m thinking Yankees mainly, I could see Seattle based on location, Japanese presence and Kuma being there. I don’t think Texas will spend the money on him but its a great fit with Darvish already being there and having success with the posting process and transition recently, plus they work out together in the offseason apparently and Texas has to have had major publicity over there the last few years based on Darvish and the world series appearances. I’d bet on the Yankees.

I’d like to see a team like the Cubs or Backs get him, just to throw a twist in it.

northsfbay
1 year 8 months ago

Yankees, Cubs, D’Backs are the favorites.

AlexanderMaunu
1 year 8 months ago

The cubs and dbacks are fat from favorites. They have zero added appeal for a Japanese player.

Cubstein
1 year 8 months ago

I’d say the biggest contract offer which the Cubs are expected to offer, is plenty of added appeal. Add in being the face of a team in a major market and a chance to end the longest championship drought in sports. They appealed plenty to Fujikawa last year, who I believe declined higher offers. (sure he got injured and looks like he’s not working out but point is the same regardless.)