May 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner speaks at the event to announce plans for the new Major League Soccer team the Manchester City FC at P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Now Favorites for Tanaka?

Just a short while ago, news broke that the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed with star pitcher Clayton Kershaw on a 7-year $215 million deal, the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history. At first, many viewed this as the door potentially being opened for the New York Yankees to sign star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who has until January 24th to make a decision on which team he would like to sign with.

By now, we’ve all heard some great things about this guy. Reports have indicated that Tanaka and agent Casey Close are looking for a minimum of $100 million. The Dodgers couldn’t possibly have the money to give Kershaw that sort of a deal, plus another possible $100 million for Tanaka, right? Wrong. Reports are that the Dodgers are still very much in on Tanaka, despite the Kershaw deal. However, even if that is the case, I personally cannot see the Dodgers working out deals for both. Not with the amount they just gave Kershaw, coupled with the Yankees saving $25 million from the A-Rod suspension.

The fact of the matter is the Yankees need Masahiro Tanaka. While the Dodgers currently feature a rotation of Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Dan Haren, the Yankees feature a rotation of an aging C.C. Sabathia, coming off the worst year of his career, another aging pitcher in Hiroki Kuroda, who last season had a phenomenal first half, but faded in the second half, and Ivan Nova, who has been known for his hot and cold spells. Tanaka would be a PERFECT fit for an aging Yankees team. He is 25, has a bright future, and would be a great piece to getting the Yankees started in their rebuilding process. The Dodgers WANT Tanaka. The Yankees NEED Tanaka.

So as of right now, I think most people would agree with me when I say that I do indeed believe that the Yankees are and should be the favorites to sign Tanaka. At this point, there’s no excuse for the Yankees not to sign him. Everything the Yankees could have possibly asked for has happened: Tanaka getting posted, A-Rod getting suspended and the Yankees collecting his 2014 salary, and now the Dodgers writing the biggest check ever for a pitcher. So now, its up to Hal Steinbrenner to see that this deal gets done. I trust Hal, and believe that this deal will get done. But if Hal doesn’t get it done, and Tanaka succeeds with whatever team he does sign with, he will never hear the end of it from Yankees fans, and will once again be viewed as a joke in comparison to his old man…

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  • New_Core

    Good job

    • Grant Graulich

      Thank you very much!

  • JoeDaBeast

    I think many fans forget when George was viewed as a joke in New York. This deal AND the after effects will become the legacy of Hal. Either his old man did teach him right or he was nothing but a spoiled rich kid that didn’t learn a thing.

  • Arthur C Herrforth

    Excellent job young man. It appears that you are well on your way to a successful career in sports journalism. May I also add that in my considered opinion the Yankees need to add THREE more players, preferably by free agency, to be legitimate serious contenders for post season play. First, they NEED a third baseman with AROD missing the entire season ( Mark Reynolds or or Phillips would do). Second, they obviously need a high quality starting pitcher for the reasons that you presented in your post (Tanaka is really the only available FA answer). Third, they need another elite arm in the bull pen losing Mo, Jaba, and replacing Logan with an inferior lefty specialist, and quite posibly losing long man Phelps to the starting rotation. (That would be Grant Balfour) Obviously they have to have Jeter and Teixeira play much/most of the time as well, but that is out of their control. Let me know what you think. Again, all the best.

    • Grant Graulich

      Thank you so much! Yes, pretty much everything you stated seems accurate. Definitely need a third baseman/second baseman. Roberts is not an option as a starter, and unfortunately it’s looking like the Yanks are going to settle for a platoon of Kelley Johnson and Eduardo Nunez at third. Yes, they need Tanaka, and for the fifth spot it’ll be an in house competition. While I do believe Robertson should get the chance to close for us, I agree it would be wise to sign someone like Grant Balfour as insurance. And of course, Jeter and Tex staying healthy is gonna be a HUGE component of how well we do this season. Once again, thanks a lot for your input, means a lot to me!

      • artie999

        You’re quite welcome! :-) I look forward to many more fine articles in the future.
        Let me add that since, apparently the Yanks are going to go over the 189M lux tax limit, what with filling out thr rest of their 25 roster, the 11M fee, and other misc. fees – not to mention the almost definite addition of players in season, it would not make sense to add all three of theplayers I mentioned. I DO hope you’re wrong about Roberts.

        • artie999

          I ofcourse meant NOT add.