Latest On Masahiro Tanaka

3:07pm: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that Tanaka's initial preferred cities are Los Angeles, New York and Boston (Twitter link).

Meanwhile, Nightengale softens his stance in a pair of new tweets, noting that the Dodgers confirmed their interest but don't want to spend "wildly" or do anything crazy with their bid in order to land Tanaka.

1:04pm: While team president Stan Kasten said in a radio interview yesterday not to predict the Dodgers to land Masahiro Tanaka, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (via Twitter) that the Dodgers have made it known that they will go "all out" to sign the Japanese ace and "certainly won't be outbid."

Of course, because of the new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, signing Tanaka is no longer simply a matter of outbidding your opponents. Any team that wishes to pay the $20MM posting fee can negotiate with Tanaka as if he were a free agent, and the team would only lose that $20MM if an agreement between the two sides were to be reached. In other words, virtually any team in the Majors can afford to negotiate with Tanaka, and he could have preferences beyond signing for top dollar.

We've heard a great number of teams connected to Tanaka over the past two days, as the right-hander is in Los Angeles at this time meeting with teams face-to-face. In the past 24 hours alone, the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Angels, Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox, Blue Jays and Indians have all been linked to Tanaka.

Adding Tanaka to the mix would give the Dodgers a potentially unrivaled rotation in terms of dominance, as he would join Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu and Dan Haren. The addition of Tanaka would seem to push Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley out of the picture for the Dodgers, though both dealt with injuries in 2013. Billingsley isn't expected back until summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

388 Responses to Latest On Masahiro Tanaka Leave a Reply

  1. LUKEINLA 2 years ago

    I think the Dodgers have a 50/50 shot at Tanaka………he want’s to play in L.A or N.Y and that was reported months ago. A lot of people on here are discussing Kershaw and here it is: My co-worker played semi-pro baseball and his buddy played college ball and was a roomate with Kershaw on the road, this dude told me like 2 or 3 years ago at some point Kershaw wanted to go back to Texas. His words “he wants to get paid in L.A for several years but then get back to Texas…….hmmmmm? guess he was right. I think 10 years scared Kershaw, they need to throw a 4-5 year deal at him and pay him then he can bolt for Texas when he is 30 or 31. I think he stays in L.A for a chance to win some chips(this roster would be to hard to leave right now) the team now is constructed to win for the next 3-4 years for championships.

  2. Mike89 2 years ago

    Why are the Mets tagged here? This got me excited for no reason.

  3. Seth Guttman 2 years ago

    The Dodgers make me sick…even the freaking Yankees have their limits…

  4. MmmRocks 2 years ago

    I think you missed the “this much theoretical money” part. Darvish never had the chance to negotiate with every team.

  5. Karkat 2 years ago

    Darvish wasn’t available openly to everyone. The bidding is what makes this situation unique.

  6. NYBravosFan10 2 years ago

    Not easy is it? I feel like I should be getting paid with full benefits for liking this team.

  7. livestrong77nyyankz 2 years ago

    Oh I think you need to contact the Knicks front office, I’ve been receiving money to keep being a Knicks fan for the last couple of months and its kept me sane for that same time period.

  8. kdub53 2 years ago

    must say i hear that…its gets the point where any decent to great player that comes into MLBTR discussion the dodgers are always in play for, or front runners for. I “hope none of the above” land the guy.

  9. theophilus166 2 years ago

    Right, because the Dodgers re-signing Juan Uribe and Brian Wilson, along with their free agent acquisition of Dan Haren, are ruining baseball.

  10. NYBravosFan10 2 years ago

    Alright I’ll do that. Dolan has to be available at some point this afternoon.

  11. Catztradamus 2 years ago

    I forgot about League. but compare Ethiers contract to what Choo just got? its not a bad deal. it’s an overpay, but not of epic proportions.

    the bigger point is name a player on the dodgers roster that they could not trade if they needed to and get a half decent return. can’t say that about the angels, or phillies. each of those teams has an albatross (or two) of a contract hanging over their heads.

  12. Seth Guttman 2 years ago

    Matt Kemp’s contract is awful. Hamstring injuries are lingering injuries that you can’t have surgery to fix. While a team out their may be desperate enough to give you something for him, you will almost have to eat a nice chunk of the contract in any trade.

  13. Tre-Day
    Tre-Day 2 years ago

    The Kemp contract was pretty reasonable at the time it was signed. All these injuries came afterwards.

  14. I Want My Bird 2 years ago

    I apologize, and wish Arroyo for you. His graceful leg kick would be like going to a Broadway show.

  15. Riaaaaaa 2 years ago

    I didn’t believe his tweet about them going all out. Why would they do that when the dodgers team president JUST SAID he wouldn’t predict them signing Tanaka.

  16. bobbleheadguru 2 years ago


    They “won’t spend wildly”

    …. they will spend “absurdly wildly”.

  17. MB923 2 years ago

    21 straight winning seasons. Next highest in the majors….6

    What a joke indeed.

  18. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 2 years ago

    Mucho desperate.

  19. Puig Power 2 years ago

    What should he say? “WE PREDICT WE WILL SIGN HIM.”? There’s the potential of 30 landing places.

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