Latest On Masahiro Tanaka

The market's most intriguing name, Masahiro Tanaka, will undoubtedly continue to generate ample speculation, rumors, and discussion until he chooses a destination. Here are today's notes on the former Rakuten ace, including multiple accounts that tilt towards a reunion in Seattle with Hisashi Iwakuma, who once fronted the rotation of the Golden Eagles alongside Tanaka:

  • Competing executives view the Mariners as a real threat to land Tanaka, tweets ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The industry perception, says Stark, is that Seattle can make one more big splash to accompany its signing of Robinson Cano
  • Based on his own conversations with industry sources, Baseball America's Ben Badler agrees that Seattle is the odds-on favorite amongst the ten most likely landing spots. Badler believes that the team has the strongest blend of need and available cash with respect to Tanaka. The other top contenders for Tanaka are the YankeesDodgers, and Cubs, says Badler, while the Tigers figure as a "sleeper" team and "lurkers" include the RangersBlue JaysDiamondbacksRed Sox, and Angels 
  • Looking at things from the perspective of need, rather than handicapping the results of the market, Seattle again comes out in the lead, according to Dave Szymborski of ESPN.com (Insider piece). Adding Tanaka could be the best way for the Mariners to build towards the approximately ten WAR that the club still needs to add to be a full-blown threat in a reloaded AL West, Szymborski says. Other teams that could most use the 25-year-old Japanese hurler include the Phillies and Orioles
  • Attempting to find comparable players for Tanaka, Fangraphs' Dave Cameron argues that his upside may not come with a sufficient floor to justify a nine-figure investment. Given Tanaka's anticipated blend of low walk, average strikeout, and high groundball rates, says Cameron, reasonable expectations should perhaps be that he'll be above average but not great. While a series of attractive starters have thrived with Tanaka's skillset, Cameron explains, there are plenty of other potential comparables who would never receive those kinds of dollars.


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158 Comments on "Latest On Masahiro Tanaka"


Edictor27
1 year 7 months ago

Pipe Dream but:
Hamels

Lee
Tanaka
Gonzalez
Hernandez

Trock
1 year 7 months ago

At this point, I think its a pipe dream for anyone to say who he will go to. I feel as though a lot of teams will post the 20 mill to get a chance to negotiate. Do you know about how much the Phillies have to spend?

Zeppelin5083
1 year 7 months ago

I like how the team with the best odds of landing Tanaka seems to change every 15 minutes.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 7 months ago

I think these “experts” should stop trying to pick favorites until they
hear what the offers are. This is getting pretty ridiculous.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

As sick of the Tanaka topic as I am, I could only imagine how much worse it would be if I hit “refresh” and there wasn’t something new to talk about

jsprague
1 year 7 months ago

Did I miss something? Because I thought the Mariners were at or near the front of the pack for Tanaka from the beginning. Really, you can’t count them out for any Japanese player. Ever since Sasaki and Ichiro, they’ve had a huge Japanese following, and with Kuma on the team I’d sure think he’d be awfully tempted to land in Seattle.

Brien Alley
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners need to sign someone to protect Cano in the lineup a lot more than they need Tanaka.

macdice
macdice
1 year 7 months ago

If there was a bat on the market to sign that would protect Cano. No thanks on Cruz. IF the sign him, then maybe they are more willing to trade a young pitcher for a bat

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

possibly coby rasmus for pike or paxton or sanchez. Also possibly Kemp but i doubt it even thought reports said the mariners were the most aggressive team after kemp

macdice
macdice
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t know how much you would want to give up for Rasmus with him being a free agent after 2014

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

just throwing names out but could package something for Oscar Taveras he’s on the trade block i believe and he’s a star

Ferrariman
1 year 7 months ago

you have a better chance of trying to get Matt Adams than Taveras. He is the long term RF choice.

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

who would you give STL for adams tho?

Taylor Hope
1 year 7 months ago

I agree. I would rather solidify our rotation with Tanaka first. This would likely make Erasmo Ramirez expendable since some teams still view him as a potential 2 or 3 starter. Can package him with Franklin possibly for a deal or just wait it out.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

The nice thing about Tanaka is he doesn’t cost prospects or picks. You can never have enough pitching. Erasmo goes into the hunt for the 4 and 5 spots with Walker, Paxton and Maurer. The 2 losers go to Tacoma for depth. Tanaka may benefit from 2 weeks off for a sore hip flexor around the ASB. Japanese pitchers pitch on 6 days rest not 5 I believe. I like the idea of Erasmo and Maurer coming up for 2 to 4 weeks mid-season to give (Tanaka), Paxton and Walker time off so they last the whole season.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 7 months ago

Thank you for this comment. As a fairly serious Mariners fan it is driving me nuts how excited everybody is about the M’s paying Cano to carry the offense for the next 10 years without any additional investment in offense. If there aren’t any good bats available, that’s one thing…but to think the M’s need more pitching to solve their horrible offense is quite another.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Like I said to Brien, look at the Giants. An offense can figure itself out. As long as a team can make the playoffs, pitching dominates in October. Cano is more than the Giants had in 2010

1 year 7 months ago

The Giants also got a ton of help from the bargain bin (Uribe and Huff), a player everyone thought was done (Renteria) and from a rookie (Posey). The Mariners could theoretically make the playoffs. A lot went right for the Giants and that would have to happen with them as well.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Oh, no doubt. It will take a little bit of luck but Cano, along with a healthy Hart, is a lot more than you could say that the Giants had going into the 2010 season. I’ve always felt that it is easier to create an offense out of scrap then a rotation out of scrap. In theory, you can get lucky with an offense because 8 players can be awful and 1 guy can get lucky. In a rotation, that 1 guy can’t be awful. If he is, you are going to lose

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

Much rather have Tanaka than Cruz. If we could land Tanaka and trade for Kemp or Cespedes
We would be contenders

johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t see them moving Paxton, nor Walker anytime soon. That team has a potential formidable rotation in the making and it would take a LOT to get either of those guys, possible that Walker even breaks camp after ST with the team and strong chance paxton does, that’s a pretty good top 3 already of King felix, Iwakuma and paxton. Add the possibility of Walker early on and by June/July at the latest. They can get back end starts from Maurer and Ramirez as good as back end starters costing less than Joe (cough) Blanton getting 7m this year, even Bazooka Joe, or Bonderman they brought in last year and looked terrible after his 1st cpl of starts.

M’s could probably get back end rotation help and Boston to pay most of Dempster’s salary if they wanted another over the hill guy, but they already have 1-2 is what am getting at.. M’s can use Franklin and maybe Smoak as possible bait for a bat without giving up it’s young pitching core, I didn’t like seeing Carter Capps leave as it is.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

Keep the prospects! Tanaka doesn’t cost picks or prospects. Let Spring Training come and see who rises to the top. Let the team go for a couple of months and make deadline trades if you need them. Otherwise, keep the prospects if you can.
I’m all over moving Franklin to the OF to compete with Ackley. Franklin has more pop in his bat.

John Kreese
1 year 7 months ago

Queue the “lineup protection is a myth” posts. The bottom line is to score more than your opponents. Having a strong pitching rotation is a great way to do that.

James Exercise
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, you might be right, but hopefully King Felix doesnt compete for a Cy Young with a losing record again. Pitching only goes so far, anemic lineups ARE a problen, and the Ms DO need at least one more bat behind Cano to compete, even with Tanaka, in the scenario that u land him.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

That rotation with Tanaka puts them up with the 2010 and 2012 Giants, if not better. In 2010 the Giants didn’t even have Cano. In 2012 they had Posey, but really not much else. I think they will be ok

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

The 2010 and 2012 Giants scored 697 runs and 718 runs respectively. The Mariners last year scored 624 runs last year. I do think another big bat could probably push them near the 700 run mark

However, what people don’t look at, which is still an issue, is the Mariners bullpen. A good bullpen is very important too and I think they’ll need to make more adjustments there too. Their pitching allowed 754 runs last year, 273 of those runs by relievers.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Yea, to be honest, I haven’t looked at their bullpen. The Mariners added Cano, LoMo, and Hart so I think they should be able to reach 700 already. The rest of the roster is young so I also think you need to assume improvement from guys like Miller and Zunino (and if you are optimistic, Smoak). While offense is still an issue, I think they already have done a lot that would make 2014 far better than 2015

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Your a Mariners fan I take it. Can you tell me how their rotation last year finished 10th in the league in ERA with 2 Cy Young candidates and now people are saying if they get Tanaka it’s one of the best in the league? (sorry, not familiar with their team overall). By the way, great city and great stadium you got. I visited it last year

And I’m sure you’ve heard this before, you will really enjoy Cano. Except when he hits a ground ball

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

They finished 26th in ERA http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp#sectionType=st&elem=%5Bobject+Object%5D&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Team+pitching&game_type=‘R’&season=2013&season_type=ANY&league_code=’MLB’&statType=pitching&page=1&ts=1388710743965

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

That’s overall pitching, not the starting rotation

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

As Joe said, that’s overall pitching. And I was talking about the AL ranking, not MLB ranking

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

i was agreeing but for one they have 2 top prospects coming up also tanaka if they get him

johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

Think you can tell from some of the starters, like on B/Reference that had just a few that they called up some of their best kids late in the season for a taste. I hit on this in an earlier post already. James Paxton is for pretty certain going to be in the rotation when the season starts.

Taijuan Walker, probably won’t, but possibly could be in the there as well. he hasn’t had much experience in the upper levels yet. he probably will be in the bigs by July at the latest and that is 4. No different really than what the marlins have, except more experience in Hernandez and Iwakuma in Japan.

The3 comment you made on the pen? It’s all intact as I recall, except for Capps being traded and Ollie Perez is still a FA. Everyone else is coming back am pretty sure. Seattle is just a team i watch on mlb,com a lot, not my favorite, but one enjoy watching and following. One of their devotees probably knows better on the pen situation.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

I actually am a Mets fan unfortunately, but I have worked for a handful of teams over the last few years so my allegiances have become a bit hazy (starting with the D-Backs in a few weeks).

While I’m not a Mariners fan, I admit I have some bias because Seattle represents the entire northwest and is a great market. I think it would be best for baseball if the Mariners were competitive again.

I say they will have the best rotation in baseball because they already have the 2 “Cy Young” caliber pitchers in Hernandez and Iwakuma pitching at #1 and #2, Tanaka, who, in theory should be the same caliber at #3, Walker, who is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball will be in the #4 spot, and another young pitcher (Ramirez/Maurer/Paxton) who project to be a #2-3 in the #5 spot.

In short, if all the stars align (and in no way am I suggesting they will) the Mariners can have 4 pitchers competing for the Cy Young, with a 5th that should beat every other #5 pitcher in baseball.

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

Like Corey Hart?

Seriously, the M’s could use a solid center fielder and a capable backstop, but make no mistake, they need pitching as well. They have Maurer, Beavan and Noesi to fall back on as things currently stand. That wont fly.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

With Felix, Iwakuma, Tanaka, Paxton, Walker as a rotation, they have Erasmo and Maurer in Tacoma on reserve. Noesi and Beavan may not make the team. They are both out of options and if they aren’t in the bullpen, the get waived. I think Zduriencik should try and trade Beavan to Houston. He’s from Texas. Maybe he would sell 40 tickets a start.
I think Saunders/Guti will be a fine CF platoon. Saunders is enough offense from CF. I like the idea of moving Nick Frankin to LF.

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

You realize that I’m supportive of the M’s landing Tanaka, right?! I fully expect the M’s to land a starter, whether it’s Tanaka, or someone else, with Ramirez likely headed to the pen for long relief.

I’d really be surprised if Beavan or Noesi made the club, but my point was that I’m not even comfortable with them as the fall-back plan in Tacoma. Starting pitching for the M’s is a lot thinner than a lot of people seem to think.

I wouldn’t have a problem with a Guti/Saunders platoon, I’d just rather see that in RF, with a more durable center fielder brought in. Ackley would stay in LF.

I have no idea if a conversion for Franklin would work at this point, but I kind of hope they keep him around. Maybe some reps at the corners wouldn’t be a bad idea either?

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

I guess I read it as Noesi, Maurer and Beavan as backup in the rotation as the M’s not bringing in another SP. Thanks for clarifying. Noesi and Beavan are out of options. If they aren’t in the bullpen, they likely end up elsewhere.

If I’m Zduriencik, I’m selling Franklin on #19 and telling stories about Robin Yount. Most people think I’m nuts saying Frankin doesn’t have the arm for the OF. Watching him last year he has twice the arm of Ackley and of course he showed 5 times the power at the plate Ackley has shown.
A lot of good SS’s end up in CF. Another one from the M’s system I recall is Adam Jones. I’m crossing my fingers that Franklin comes to Spring Training with an OF glove or two and tells management he’s tired of playing in AAA ballparks.

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

Completely forgot about the service time with Noesi and Beavan. More reason to find better options to stash in Tacoma!

I’m not against giving Franklin a shot in the outfield, but I think it would be tough given where he’s at. One way to find out, eh?!

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

If Adam Jones can do it, why not Franklin? :)

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

It might work. I don’t know how comparable Jones and Franklin really are, as Jones was a few years younger and probably had/has better speed, but it’s not like the M’s are stacked with outfield talent bursting out of Tacoma. There’s certainly room and time to at least give him a look.

How funny would that be, if the two clear options for 2B last season (and the foreseeable future at the time) end up being key pieces for the outfield?!

Now watch, he’ll end up traded for another 1B/DH type.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

:O Noooooo! Not another 1B/DH type. :)
I was watching the guys over on MLB.com the other day and they were talking about how low Franklin’s trade value is because he doesn’t have a position. Heck, why trade our best bats in the org when we can just let them play another position?
Things are getting weird in Seattle.

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

Ah, it appears Beavan does actually have an option remaining. Hardly comforting, but he could start in Tacoma.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

Thanks. So one more starter for the M’s and then Tacoma can run out:
Erasmo
Maurer
Carraway
Elias
Vasquez
Beavan
Noesi did have a pretty decent Winter League season. Perhaps he makes the team as a long man in the pen.

John Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Nooooooo! Nooooooo! LOL

John Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Franklin is not necessarily a shoo-in to be traded… or at least there shouldn’t be a hurry. He could well become a plus hitter. I think it would be worth the Mariners’ while to find a spot on the roster for him somewhere. 2B is not an option for him now with Cano on board, and I think Brad Miller is going to be very good at SS. So if they think Franklin has a nice ceiling as a hitter, then by all means, give him some work in the OF during ST. See what happens. If it doesn’t look like it’s going to work… then trade him toward the end of ST.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

I tweeted Churchill last year and he said Franklin had the arm not the range for SS. The guy he has writing over at PI said he doesn’t have the arm for SS. Well, he does or doesn’t. That author also went as far to say he doesn’t have the bat for a corner. Hahaha, Franklin has shown a ton more power that Ackley.
I think he does. All I know is if I’m Nick, I’m showing up to Spring Training with an outfield glove and telling management I want to play.
And just to get back on topic, the extra cost of Tanaka vs a FA or trade is it’s worth keeping prospects (vs Price or other trade) and the draft picks and slot money.

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

I think making a decision with Franklin based on his spring performance would be a terrible idea. Players need time to learn a new position and 5 weeks isn’t enough.

If they’re going to experiment with a position change, they should be willing to give him regular time in Tacoma to do so. They’ll be able to evaluate his progress (or lack of) faster, work with him more closely, and without any pressure.

I’m just as open to having him stick in the infield as insurance. Giving him reps at 1B might be an idea as well.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

Cano will do just fine with Hart, Seager, Zunino and Smoak hitting behind him. Would it be nice to have another big ticket bat? Well, yes and no. In a few years our young kids are going to hit arbitration. You can’t have all of your money tied up in aging veterans at that time.
Seager has a career OPS over .850 hitting 4th and 5th. Hart is a RHd option vs lefties to protect Cano. Hopefully McClendon knows how to work matchups.

Benjamin Caspersen
1 year 7 months ago

If they sign tanaka ill be glad I’ve been a mariners fan since i was born

Runtime
1 year 7 months ago

RAD
Tanaka
Morrow
Buehrle
????

Nope. Not even Tanaka can save our rotation.

(I kid… I kid…)
Apparently some people can’t take a joke…

hurley55
1 year 7 months ago

Ubaldo Jimenez is more likely for the jays, and considering the cost it will take to get Tanaka I’d rather take him.

Runtime
1 year 7 months ago

I was just joking around… Garza and Jimenez both look like better options.

BigEast856
1 year 7 months ago

Whatever happen to Kyle Drabek?

Tekoa Hook
1 year 7 months ago

Tommy John in 2012

BigEast856
1 year 7 months ago

is he still highly touted?

Tekoa Hook
1 year 7 months ago

I wouldn’t say so, he could develop but if he does I don’t think it’ll be this season

mking
1 year 7 months ago

This is about as dramatic as ARod’s suspension. Incredibly annoying at this point.

John Kreese
1 year 7 months ago

I think a lot have thought SEA had a real shot at Tanaka since he was posted (city closest to Japan, plenty of money available, ex-teammates with Iwakuma, etc). Some guys just aren’t cut out for or interested in playing in New York or LA. It will certainly be interesting to see where Tanaka winds up.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

I really like this. Seattle is considered a bad destination for most players because not many people come from the Northwest, it’s cold, it’s not like Boston or New York where there are many big cities in a small area, and most of all, it’s a long trip when going on the road to any city (I think the closest AL team is Oakland).

It’s kind of nice to see that, while it is hard to attract North American players, the Seattle area can counteract that by attracting Japanese players

johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

I’d be pretty happy to just see the mariners and Iwakuma come to an agreement on a contract extension beyond 2015. Yes.. Iwakuma will be 34 then and *not* a FA, but he *will* be arbitration eligible and just by continuing on his thus far dominant pace.. The 7.5m salary his is due for 2015 could possibly double. I’d like to see Seattle ownership attempt some damage control now on.. Say 4y and 40-45m total? Maybe 50m?

John Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Get Iwakuma there to visit with Tanaka in Seattle, pitch a big deal to Tanaka and extend Iwakuma at the same time. Get ’em both, lock ’em up!

Shaggy McCarthy
1 year 7 months ago

Also because Nintendo owns the Ms (last time I checked)

Taylor Hope
1 year 7 months ago

Oh, please be true. By far was the signing I was most hoping the M’s complete.

Quikmix
1 year 7 months ago

I’d be genuinely surprised if Seattle was able to pull this off. Obviously a boon for that team, but I’d still have genuine concerns about their offense. Defensively they’d be set.

Taylor Hope
1 year 7 months ago

Signing Tanaka would improve the rotation as well as potentially making a couple arms expendable (such as Erasmo Ramirez, maybe Tyler Pike or Victor Sanchez) who they could pair with a guy like Nick Franklin to improve the offense.

seajtl
1 year 7 months ago

Doubt they’d be done if they got Tanaka. Franklin is almost certainly going to be traded and adding Tanaka may make a young pitcher available in a trade as well.

Revery
1 year 7 months ago

With Franklin and a bevy of high-upside SP prospects, I am pretty shocked we have not seen Shark to the Mariners rumors. Imagine a Felix, Kuma, Tanaka, Samardzija, Walker rotation. And I hate writing out projected rotations, but my god…

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

If Franklin gets traded to the Red Sox in a three way trade to acquire Lackey or Franklin, Smoak, Pike, Maurer, etc. to the Phillies (third team like Pirates going after Smoak) for Brown, Lee, and Papelbon will propel the Mariners to second place in the division as a wild card contender.

harmony55
1 year 7 months ago

For what it’s worth, last season the Seattle Mariners had a team OPS+ of 98 and a team ERA+ of 86 despite one of best 1-2 combinations at the top of the starting rotation with 2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez and 2013 Cy Young finalist Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Mariners are deep in pitching prospects, but pitching contributed to the 2013 downfall more than the hitting did.

Jim01702
1 year 7 months ago

I still think Yankees are the favorites, they have the biggest need for him and willing to over spend. Plus we have kuroda and ichiro(article before said he looked up to ichiro). And had matsui in the past.

BigEast856
1 year 7 months ago

I read the first four words and thought…”this guy is obviously a Yankee fan”. Then you went on to refer to the Yankees as “we”. Just cause they’re the Yankees and have money doesnt make them the favorite. You Yankee fans always seem to believe you deserve the best players. Surprised i havent heard any Yankee fan propose a Gardner for Felix trade, yet.

cjr45
1 year 7 months ago

Gardner for Felix trades are so last year. I believe it is now Gardner for Price trade proposals.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Because every Yankee fan says that right? I guess you, as a Marlins fan, don’t hear much from your own fan base that all you hear are Yankee fans talk. And you like to bring up the the 7 or 8 fans out of the tens and millions of fans who propose a silly trade idea.

Jim01702
1 year 7 months ago

First off NO WHERE did I say that we deserve the best players compared to other teams.

Second the Yankees have been favorites by most people to sign tanakafor weeks.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

The Yankees have been favorites by the east coast media.. which means most people. There has been talks for weeks that Tanaka prefers the West Coast. It just hasn’t been reported by Rosenthiel since that type of story doesn’t sell ads in New York.

ed27
1 year 7 months ago

What about Gardner for Mike Trout? Trade MT before he hits that dreaded “third year” jinx.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 7 months ago

I like how you bashed one generalization by making another. No two people are the same. Sure there are some naive fans, but the person you replied just stated their opinion, which was predicated on fact.

sirtav
1 year 7 months ago

I hope my Angels get him, but if they don’t then I’d rather have an NL team get him.

I wouldn’t mind the Mariners because it’s better than the Rangers or Yankees/Red Sox getting him. I’m just not too afraid of the Mariners even with Cano and Tanaka.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Really? You would rather him be on the Red Sox or Yankees then a team you will be playing 20 times a year? Especially with the mismatch pitching matchups in Mariners vs Angels games, given the Mariners’ elite rotation and the Angels’ below average rotation

Joe Orsatti
1 year 7 months ago

Lee Hamels Tanaka Gonzalez Hernandez
Pettibone as 6th man

philliesfan123
1 year 7 months ago

We can only hope.

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Speaking of bullpen, Mariners can use a closer like Papelbon (or set up for Farquhar) if the Phillies & Mariners can pull off the trade.

Jeff Miller
1 year 7 months ago

Even if the Phillies somehow land Tanaka they should still be looking to move Lee, Papelbon, Rollins and potentially Brown and Revere.

Quikmix
1 year 7 months ago

if anyone in the AL West got Tanaka, you’d have to pick that as one of the more challenging divisions for 2014 (at least on paper)

Riaaaaaa
1 year 7 months ago

Oakland and Texas are the only contenders in that division right now. Even if they Mariners got Tanaka I personally don’t view them as a contending team.

Quikmix
1 year 7 months ago

yeah, hence the “on paper” part. The Angels (provided they get a starter) looks good “on paper” offensively

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

The Angels won the “On Paper World Series” the last two years!

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

I think the Blue Jays won it last year

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

I stand corrected.

Quikmix
1 year 7 months ago

lol. awesome. I wish. then I could at least have a way to feel better about being a Halos fan.

Curt Green
1 year 7 months ago

Being a Twins fan, I wish I was a Halo’s fan! If the team stinks, you still have Mr. Trout to watch. Much more potential and hope for you that they can get it together than for me.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

Something wrong with a rotation of Felix, Iwakuma, Tanaka, Walker and Paxton? The M’s need two more solid MLB bullpen arms, but if health breaks their way with Hart, Morrison and Guti (LOL) and they get some progressin from Seager, Smoak, Ackley, Miller, Franklin and Saunders and this team will be right there with anyone in the AL West.. which just so will happen to be as good of a division as any.

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

That’s why going after Papelbon will solve some problem in the bullpen, esp. by sending Smoak, Romero, Carson Smith, Erasmo Ramirez, and John Hicks (to replace Ruiz in couple or few years) to the Phillies. Then, send Smoak to Pittsburgh for a pitcher or out/infielder the Phills need. This will help the Mariners compete for the division or the wild card just as the Pirates did this past season.

northsfbay
1 year 7 months ago

The Mariners could use an upgrade anywhere. The starting pitching and bullpen was awful last year.

docmilo5
1 year 7 months ago

Smokin Joe Saudners, Harang and a kid from AA would be replaced by Tanaka, Walker and Paxton. The M’s sure could use one more good bullpen/closer type arm and Oliver Perez would fit just fine.

jsprague
1 year 7 months ago

You mean an upgrade anywhere except 3B and 2B.

Rcsully
1 year 7 months ago

Anywhere but the Bronx

James Exercise
1 year 7 months ago

I love the Yankee hate, but as a baseball fan first, Yankees fan second, I dont think my team lands Tanaka,, I think we really want to give our youngsters a shot this year, risky as that may be. Then again, Tanaka is riskier, if you really think about it

Rcsully
1 year 7 months ago

Problem I see with Yankees is they needed multiple pitchers to bolster rotation and they needed a closer and an additional set-up guy. I don’t think they have the pitching they will need to make a serious deep run into playoffs. As for their youngsters as far as I know their minors are pretty light

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners Rotation with Tanaka:

Hernandez
Iwakuma
Tanaka
Walker
Ramirez/Maurer/Paxton

Basically they will have 2 aces, a projected ace, a future ace, and solid prospect all in one rotation. Maybe I’m overhyping this and maybe I’ll get downvotes for that, but I don’t care. I just enjoy marveling at that possibility

East Coast Bias
1 year 7 months ago

They have potential to be a great rotation even without Tanaka.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

No doubt, but I still think they need Tanaka. Nelson Cruz is not going to be a difference maker in that lineup. They are still going to struggle to create runs. At least get a pitcher that can win without much run support. In that rotation you have to think pitchers 1-4 will be able to win a lot of games where the Mariners only score 1-3 runs

johnnycomelately9
1 year 7 months ago

You don’t know much about Nelson Cruz. Guy HIT 27 homers and 76 rbi while serving a 50 game suspension. Not a single M can do that, not even Cano.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

And neither can Cruz in Seattle. They already have Logan Morrison in the outfield. You are telling me you want 2 DHs playing in one of the biggest outfields in baseball when the bread and butter of your team is pitching?

John Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Exactly. If there is a chance the offense is still going to be somewhat challenged, even with Cano and Hart on board and with the chance that some of the kids might show nice improvements, then build the best rotation you can and also get some bullpen help. Add Tanaka and you have a rotation like Joe Valenti suggests above, and then add a couple of experienced guys to the bullpen. Games won 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-2 are still wins, and a great pitching staff can allow for the M’s to win a bunch of games while not scoring at a prolific rate.

Eric Foley
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t see the Sox going after him considering the recent philosophy change. But then again, signing Tanaka is a double win. You get a “great” pitcher and you also take another feather from the wounded wings of the Yankee pitching staff. I wonder if they ever think that way? Ben?

Trock
1 year 7 months ago

As a Cubs fan, really hoping they try to overbid the top team to land him. I think he is worth the shot and out of anyone who seems serious about getting him, they have the most money to spend.

Tigers72
1 year 7 months ago

Tigers rotation with Tanaka

Verlander
Scherzer-Sanchez
Sanchez-Tanaka
Tanaka-Porcello
Smyly
There is 2 rotations for if they trade Scherzer or Porcello.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

It’s weird to think, but Tanaka could be a cost saving move for the Tigers. If they sign him and trade Scherzer, I would assume the team they trade Scherzer to would resign him to more than Tanaka will sign for

John Murray
1 year 7 months ago

With all the teams in on him, and considering it’s costing a $20 million posting fee just to sign him, it’s hard to see Tanaka costing a lot less than Scherzer….and Tanaka’s never thrown a pitch in MLB. The Tigers, I’m sure, are thinking a lot more about the guy they know.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Yu Darvish costed a total of $112M. Dice-K was a little below that. I can’t see Tanaka really blowing either of those out of the water. Scherzer definitely will unless he has a huge regression, in which case the Tigers would benefit from trading him high anyways.

haplito
1 year 7 months ago

I can’t wait to see this guy get blown up by MLB hitters.