Masahiro Tanaka Rumors: Friday

Let's round up the day's rumblings on Masahiro Tanaka, who will have chosen his new club by this time next week:

  • Both Chicago organizations are real contenders for Tanaka, Dan Martin and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post wrote yesterday. An industry source says that the Cubs and White Sox have serious interest in the Japanese ace. Seven teams met with Tanaka during his trip to the U.S., the pair notes, though the Sox are the only ones to have publicly acknowledged a face-to-face. 
  • Those meetings have not yet resulted in feedback, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (via Twitter). Teams had around an hour to pitch Tanaka, but have not heard back. "Nobody knows where they stand," says Sanchez.
  • The Cubs have withheld cash thus far in order to keep a sufficient war chest to make a real run at Tanaka, says Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. But with a "debt-strung, skittish-to-spend ownership," in Wittenmyer's words, the club may not be a real player in the sweepstakes. 
  • The Dodgers are actively involved in talks with Tanaka, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. This report confirms what many had suspected (and the front office had indicated): the club will not be precluded from another massive investment after extending Clayton Kershaw. As Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com further reports, GM Ned Colletti has had discussions with Tanaka's reps at Excel Sports Management all week long. "We're still, first and foremost, concerned with the quality of the team we can put together, and adding it up comes second," said president Stan Kasten. "This is a long-term strategy of ours. After five or six or seven years, it will make a lot more sense than it does to people looking at today's snapshot."
  • For his part, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick is not so sure that Los Angeles will go all out for Tanaka, though it is interested if he values the chance to play on the West Coast and is "willing to make his decision on factors other than total financial package." But with interest that has been only "lukewarm at best," says Gurnick, the Dodgers would probably not look to win a bidding war absent intervention from the ownership group. A Hanley Ramirez extension is, in Gurnick's estimation, a higher priority for the L.A. brass.


Leave a Reply

102 Comments on "Masahiro Tanaka Rumors: Friday"


Member
HolaAmigas
1 year 5 months ago

Anyone else just wish the guy would sign with a team already?

Member
SluggerBro
1 year 5 months ago

No, nobody else wishes this. Nobody else is tired of hearing about him and we wish this would go on for years instead of ending.

Member
Eslva917
1 year 5 months ago

I agree

Member
Christopher A. Otto
1 year 5 months ago

Yes. Their names are Matt, Ervin, Ubaldo and Bronson.

Member
Matt
1 year 5 months ago

it will all be over in a week.

Member
Riaaaaaa
1 year 5 months ago

“But with a “debt-strung, skittish-to-spend ownership,” in Wittenmyer’s
words, the club may not be a real player in the sweepstakes.”

Which is why I’m now choosing not to believe any reports until he makes his decision.

Member
Bromacho
1 year 5 months ago

Cool. Great. Wow.

Member
Jack Conness
1 year 5 months ago

White Sox baby! Get him!

Realistically, I don’t see it happening. But how about about Sale, Tanaka, and Quintana around their new young core? Doesn’t that sound awesome Sox fans? I am crossing my fingers here.

Member
Jerry Mandering
1 year 5 months ago

Right, would be so against how they usually deal with pitchers but the thought is too enticing. Would instantly make them better and another huge step closer to contending. .

Member
Bromacho
1 year 5 months ago

Real good rotation. They would probably end up contending a year faster than the Cubs can.

Member
Frittoman626
1 year 5 months ago

Can’t wait till next week when this is all finally over and teams can go on with their offseason. I wish that the old posting system would have been in place for 1 more year because then we would already know where Tanaka would be going and other players and teams could move on.

Member
ZoinksScoob
1 year 5 months ago

Mariners are basically out. Jack Z was at a function today, and was asked about signing Tanaka. He said that given the other teams involved, it would be “difficult” for the M’s to be in the race. Too bad… Tanaka would’ve given Seattle a 1-2-3 in the rotation with Felix and Iwakuma that very few teams could match.

Member
Riaaaaaa
1 year 5 months ago

They can still trade for Price though…

Member
ZoinksScoob
1 year 5 months ago

If I had to guess, that probably won’t happen either. Rays really want Walker; Jack Z doesn’t want to give him up. If he could get Tampa to accept a package based on Paxton and Franklin, maybe they’ll get something done. But TB is under no pressure to deal Price now, and will hold out for the best deal possible.

Member
Lefebvre Believer
1 year 5 months ago

Price also said he wouldn’t be interested in signing in Seattle, so that drops his value as far as the Ms are concerned.

Member
The_Unnatural
1 year 5 months ago

Six years of Paxton and Franklin for 2 years of Price? One of those years the M’s won’t even sniff the postseason. Sounds fair.

Member
LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

That is the price for front of the rotation pitcher. You may not like it, and it often doesn’t make sense if a team is rebuilding, but Price is an instant game changer, and you won’t get him for giving up several years top prospects.

Member
johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

I’d rather the Mariners spend for Tanaka. Any Price deal costs at least as much cash to extend him, as well as TOP pitching prospects Walker, or Paxton just to get the deal started. It’s not worth it.

I really, really hope the M’s go as high as 100-125m on Tanaka, then extend Iwakuma.

Member
Lefebvre Believer
1 year 5 months ago

Aw. The happy little clouds in my painting aren’t so happy anymore. But considering there hasn’t been any real indication yet as to who is the lead pony, I’ll still hold on to a sliver of hope. What a splash that would be!