Although the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes began yesterday, The Yankees wasted no time being aggressive in their quest to land the famed starting pitcher.
According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees contacted Tanaka’s agent Casey Close, who is also the manager of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Although the Yankees spoke to Close, the Yankees did not make an offer. Their offer is not supposed to come until next week at the earliest.
With Tanaka being the biggest prize in the offseason, you have to expect that he’s not going to come cheap. According to a report from ESPN, Close is looking for a a minimum of a 5 years, $100 Milion contract for Tanaka.
The Yankees have some competition for Tanaka, ranging from the Red Sox, the Dodgers, the Cubs and even the Mariners, who are fresh off of signing ex-Yankee Robinson Cano.
Whichever team signs Tanaka would have to pay the Rakuten Golden Eagles $20 Million for the posting fee. The bigger question (aside form who will sign Tanaka) is how will Tanaka adjust to pitching in the Majors? Will he find success like Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda, or will he end up being a slight disappointment like Daiskue Matsuzaka? Regardless, that thought is not going to stop teams from partaking in the Tanaka sweepstakes–right now, all anyone can think about is how to get Masahiro Tanaka on their ball-club.