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Yankees Hot Stove: Masahiro Tanaka Christmas present

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Bronx

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery.

English: Masahiro Tanaka finishes his delivery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

not a batter was swinging in the Yankees clubhouse.

The gloves were hung by the bullpen with care,

in hopes that Masahiro Tanaka soon would be there.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear?

ESPN breaking news saying this pitcher was now coming here.

So I’m prancing and dancing all over the place,

Thanking Santa for a gift Yankee Universe shall embrace.

Now Hal! Now Cash! Now Randy and Lone!

Go get us Tanaka like you said all along.

To the top of the AL East! To the top of the power rankings!

Now spend away! Spend away! Spend more than all!

But the real gift will come when fans finally cheer,

New York Yankees baseball is back,

What a Happy New Year!

Just in case you did not grasp the point from my pathetic attempt of a poem….. the New York Daily News reported late last night on Christmas Eve that:

The Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Wednesday afternoon – Tuesday night in New York – that they would post Masahiro Tanaka, allowing the 25-year-old ace to take his talents from Japan to the majors.

That is great news for Yankees fans to get on Christmas Day!

Now I just have to stay positive, and try to believe Hal Steinbrenner will do everything in his power to have Tanaka donning Yankees pinstripes in 2014.

A winner makes commitments; a loser makes promises.


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  1. Richard says:

    Actually a very nice poem even with Lone vs Lonn.

    Merry Xmas.

  2. Richard says:

    In the past you were very critical of Japanese pitchers ( pitching every 6 days, innings pitched, smaller ball park, smaller ball, culture, diet, missing home , even Darvish) What's changed??????

    • I am still very reluctant about signing a Japanese pitcher but the Yankees are in dire straits right now.

      But also, I want to see if Hal Steinbrenner is going to come through, as this is a big test to see if he is a man of his word or not.

      • Richard says:

        When A-rod comes back for some of 2014 your Liar theory goes out the window, because we will be 189+++. Signing those 3 FA's puts many of us at rest, that Hal has recovered from his cheapness last year. I'm not sure getting Tanaka will put you at ease.

  3. Tom says:

    So now your Meat and Potatoes have changed , AGAIN?

    • You are totally correct Tom, but the Yankees need a starter, and I do not want them to trade Gardner to get one. Tanaka is coveted by MLB teams that I figure this many scouts cannot be wrong.

      Hal Steinbrenner needs to sign Tanaka to prove he is not a liar, and actually cares about winning.

      It is hard for me to believe that the Yankees want to really sign Tanaka. Who lets the best player on the team walk away without making a respectable counter offer of $200 million over 8-seasons and still goes over $189 million max?
      Hal screwed himself after signing Ellsbury for $169 over 8-years because it was evident that it was done to free up Gardner to be traded at some point before August 1.

      Yankees will make sure fans think they are all-in on Tanaka via leaks to hungry NY media but in the end they won't land him.

      How Hal is going to explain this one to fans after saying over and over that championship caliber team comes before $189 million is beyond me. The day the posing fee changed from unlimited to $20 million was the same time the likeihood of Tanaka in pinstripes went down a lot.

      But…hey maybe Hal will prove me totally wrong?!!???!! God I hope so…

      • Tom says:

        News flash!!!!! A counter offer of $200 would still be about 70M short once you add in the tax difference. I can't blame the Yanks for that one.

        • That is not my point Tom…..it is the fact that Cano deserved a better offer from the Yankees. Regardless of the tax break he gets by working in Seattle, the off the field possibilities in New York City can even that out or even surpass that moneywise. Plus it will cost a lot more for Cano to get home and fly his DR peeps to Seattle.

          I NEVER said the Yankees should match Mariners over-the-top deal but it was insulting to give Ellsbury a deal that can max out at 8-years and $169 million and offer Cano a 7-year, $170-$175 million. Yankees must have been nervous Cano might accept a $200 million dollar deal…..because Ellsbury deal proves that.

    • ALSO….Yankees are desperate. They have two starting holes in the rotation, a sub-par bullpen with a closer who is going to have growing pains and an owner who promised fans a contender….getting Tanaka is at least showing some effort on Hal's part.

      • Tom says:

        It's only Dec!!!!!!!!

        • So why haven't the Yankees signed any relievers as he bullpen needs help. Even if D-Rob does become a top closer, he is bound to have growing pains and there is still a large possibility he might not pan out at all. Houdini won't work in the 9th inning….