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Report: Yankees to go all out on Masahiro Tanaka

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08:52 AM ET 11.09 | If re-signing Robinson Cano is priority No. 1 for the New York Yankees this offseason, securing the rights to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka is No. 1a. And they???re willing to spend more money than any team ever has bidding on a Japanese player. Sources with knowledge of the Yankees??? plans said they are ???going to be bold??? in bidding on the 25-year-old right-hander when the Rakuten Golden Eagles post him, likely later this month. Just how high the Yankees plan on going is unclear, but executives believe the winning bid for the rights to negotiate a contract with Tanaka will top $75 million, nearly a 50 percent premium over the posting fees for Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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November 9, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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I'm torn on this one-is he really 25? usually aren't the japanese guys way older when they come?and more importantly- if cash is high on him ? that reeks of BUST

While I agree this move is risky, I'd rather pay Tanaka $12-13 mil/year than throw $80 to $100 million at Santana or Nolascao. And it's not like the Yanks have the assets to acquire a David Price.

The Yanks clearly need pitching so they have to make a move this offseason. I think this is the best of several bad options.

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November 9, 2013  03:52 PM ET
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While I agree this move is risky, I'd rather pay Tanaka $12-13 mil/year than throw $80 to $100 million at Santana or Nolascao. And it's not like the Yanks have the assets to acquire a David Price. The Yanks clearly need pitching so they have to make a move this offseason. I think this is the best of several bad options.

They need to make a 'bold' move for pitching and this would be it.

 
November 9, 2013  06:06 PM ET

We are send out our Fort Knox representative!!!!!!

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