The New York Times reported yesterday that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not be posting Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka even though he has stated his wish to come to play in the United States.
Nothing has been made official but according to the article, the Golden Eagles are going to double or triple Tanaka’s current $4 million salary to compensate for not respecting his wishes.
As the saying goes, presumption is the mother of all f*&#^@s so until Tanaka’s status is made official there is hope that the latest news turns out to be just a rumor.
After learning about Tanka’s latest, I saw an article by Wallace Matthews on ESPN New York titled: Source: Yanks set to move on sans Tanaka.
The opening paragraph in Matthews article was as follows:
Although they have yet to be officially notified by the Rakuten Golden Eagles that Masahiro Tanaka will not be released to enter Major League Baseball’s posting system, the New York Yankees are moving forward with plans to shore up their starting rotation minus the Japanese star right-hander.
- CC Sabathia is coming off his worst season in his career.
- Hiroki Kuroda is about to be 40-years old and went from CY Young contender in the first half of last season to struggling veteran post All-Star break.
- Ivan Nova is a youngster who is Jekyll and Hyde on the mound.
That leaves the Yankees with two open spots in the rotation, and possibly three considering the three above all come with questions marks. And waiting on Tanaka’s status, you run the risk of losing out to another teams for the remaining top free agents arms.
Well, to my surprise, according to ESPN New York “sources” the Yankees plans are really no plans:
In the meantime, sources within the Yankees organization say the team is likely to fill the remaining holes in its rotation through competition from within — the leading candidates are David Phelps, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno — as well as with non-roster invites, a practice that worked well for them in 2010, when both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, signed to low-cost minor league deals, made the club in spring training and wound up making significant contributions during the regular season.
Now I am wondering how the Yankees are moving forward sans Tanaka?
Tanaka’s status is not confirmed, so is this a warning to us fans?
Bottom line is THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.