Jul 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees General manager Brian Cashman prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman-The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees To Pursue Tanaka?

Something to watch for as you and your kids finish your leftover Halloween candy. On November 1st, the posting process for Japanese free agents to begin. That will include pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the soon to be 25 year old right hander, with the big curve and the ridiculous numbers. Oh yeah, his fastball reaches 95 too.

The Yankees are going to have to get creative in order to fill out their rotation (and their roster) in 2014. The Yankees thought Manny Banuelos would be ready, however, he had Tommy John surgery and missed last year. There’s also that whole Michael Pineda trade that hasn’t really worked out for either side.

Tanaka had insane numbers this season. He went 20-0 with a 1.24 ERA, his third straight year of a sub-2.00 ERA. He had a .93 WHIP.

The New York Post had a whole report on the Yankees pursuing Tanaka. In it, George A King III talks to a scout who prefers Tanaka over Darvish:

“He is better than Darvish because he is a strike thrower,’’ the scout said. “Overall, Darvish’s stuff might be a little bit better, but this guy knows how to pitch. He is like Kuroda, he has a lot of guts. He throws four pitches but when it gets to [stone]-cutting time, it’s fastball and splitter.’’

On the plus side, his posting fee won’t count if they stick to the $189 million plan. His contract will though.

Look, I’ve never seen the guy. All I’ve seen are clips on youtube like the one below. To me, if he’s better than Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa it’s a plus.  If he’s close to what Darvish is it’s a steal. The Yankees need to get creative. Why not go after the 25 year old?

Next Yankees Game View full schedule »
Wednesday, Aug 2020 Aug7:05Houston AstrosBuy Tickets

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

  • arth65456

    The best part about this for the Yankees from what I understand is that the posting fee does not count towards the luxury tax threshold. After the Yankees have seen the success of Darvish and Cespedes in the AL as of late, they will win the bid on this guy because it is the efficient way now to spend on international free agents.

    • JoeDaBeast

      The question is; what’s the posting limit and are any of the other ball clubs going to “bid the Yankees up” just because they expressed interest (like they do at storage auctions)?

      • Jason Evans

        It’s a blind bid process. Don’t forget, the Yankees will have money to spend with the money coming off the books and the fact that fox has bought in as well

  • Jim Harper

    This is encouraging news. I was really disappointed when Cashman did not go after Darvish seriously. They made a bid but it was no where close to being competitive. Perhaps they have learned their lesson. Tanaka would be the perfect complement to CC. This would be a huge step in the right direction to rebuilding this ball club. We would still need another strong #3 or #4 southpaw to round out the rotation.