As Masahiro Tanaka begins his USA tour to meet with teams, three cities have emerged as early favorites in the Tanaka sweepstakes. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that New York, Boston and Los Angeles were the preferred destinations of Masahiro Tanaka. Narrowing that down a bit further, the four teams that reside in those areas are the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and Dodgers.
Now, it’s time to eliminate the four teams one by one:
1) The Mets weren’t front runners in the Tanaka Sweepstakes and seem to be off the radar.
2) The Red Sox have revealed earlier in the offseason that they have little interest in adding Tanaka to their starting rotation.
By process of elimination that leaves the Yankees and the Dodgers to battle for the right-hander. Both teams have been said that they will go “all in” on Tanaka but the Dodgers slightly retracted their statement earlier today when they said they won’t spend wildly either.
If the Yankees play their cards right, they could enter the 2014 season with a top of the line rotation–and Tanaka could be in it.