Last night I was out at a bar on the Upper Eastside grabbing some dinner and drinks to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the New Orleans Saints with one of my best guy friends, who happens to be a diehard Philly fan.
As we were watching the game, a guy I recently met came over to chat with us.
This man, who is not so bad on the eyes, happens to be a die-hard New York Yankees and we were all talking sports at the table.
All of a sudden this handsome man motioned me towards him and whispered in my ear, “I know what the Yankees bid.”
I gasped and said in disbelief, “On Masahiro Tanaka?”
He responded, “Yes, it is 5-years and $120 million bucks.”
I went on to ask if that included the $20 million posting fee, and he said it did not.
My initial reaction was not positive, as I said that isn’t long enough, as Tanaka is only 25 years old.
But now that I have had time to digest the idea, while pretending as if it came out of Yankees GM Brian Cashman mouth, I think the offer is legit.
If this ever turned out to be the real offer made by the Yankees it is generous in money to make up for the years.
Japanese pitchers do come with more risk, from throwing way more innings to having yet to face Major League hitters.
But if I were the Yankees, bumping up Tanaka’s offer up to 6-years without budging on the dollars might not be a bad idea.
When you include the posting fee that adds up to $140 million for Tanaka services, but if he is the real deal that would be money well spent.
Otherwise the Yankees will have the highest paid pitcher in Minor League history.
Just to note…. my “source” has zero ties with the Yankees or MLB. I never asked him where his information came from, but I plan too. So as far as I know he is just another avid fan, like me and you that I just recently met.
But since every New York newspaper gets information deemed report-worthy from a “source” I figured I might as well too.