Here we go: Masahiro Tanaka says he wants to pitch in MLB in 2014 http://t.co/NqOhg28rkF
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) December 17, 2013
Rumor has it that MLB teams are expecting Tanaka to be posted later this week.
Last week, MLB and the Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB) agreed to revised posting system that caps the fee to talk with a Japanese player at $20 million instead of the blind bidding free for all it has been.
The amended protocol will open up the market for smaller MLB teams to go after Japanese players because the cap levels the playing field. And just as before, the posting fee will not count towards the team’s payroll as the money directly goes to the respective Japanese team as a “releasing fee.”
Ding, ding, ding…., and this is what the Yankees were banking on.
See originally the Yankees were planning to throw the kitchen sink at the Rakuten Golden Eagles for the right to talk with Tanaka by blowing out the competition money-wise. The fact that not a cent of that money would count towards payroll probably had Hal drooling all over himself.
The problem Hal is facing now is for the first time thatnumber has a $20 million limit, which in turn means the player’s individual contract price will be much higher. And a player’s money does get docked on the payroll.
What Yankees fans will find out is whether Hal goal is actually a mandate, and how much he really cares to field the championship caliber team he promised.
CBS New York is just one of many media outlets that reported of the Yankees serious interest obtaining 25-year old Tanaka.
Back in November, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports quoted a Yankees source as saying the plan was “going to be bold” to acquire the Japanese ace that posted a 24-0 record last season in Japan.
I wonder if all these sentiments about Tanaka were financially driven, or actually about making the 2014 Yankees a contender.
When you think about it the Yankees have a huge advantage to entice Tanaka, actually they have three.
Icihiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda and Hideki Matsui.
GM Brian Cashman made no secret about hiring ex-2009 Yankee Eric Hinske as a pro scout for a month to help in luring catcher Brian McCann, so can’t he do the same with Matsui?
These guys are living icons in Japan and have to be HUGE selling point in baiting Tanaka to the Bronx.
The bottom line here is it is time for the Yankees to step up to the plate.
Getting a player, under the age of 30 to get excited about, and who also happens to fill a huge hole in the starting rotation legitimately would make me believe this ownership wants to win. And I am not alone in my sentiments.
And please…. no faking this time, as you are the Yankees for crying out loud, and it is about time people get reminded of that.