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Yankees are saving up for Tanaka

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07:31 AM ET 12.18 | If the math is right, New York may soon find itself in the thick of the running for a frontline starter. With Masahiro Tanaka pushing to cross the Pacific Ocean, the Yankees are saving up for their next big pursuit by going bargain-shopping in other aisles. On Tuesday, they plugged holes by coming to terms with a pair of free agents, second baseman Brian Roberts (one year, $2 million) and lefty reliever Matt Thornton (two years, $7 million), pending physicals. Tanaka, the 25-year-old right-hander, met with the Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana on Tuesday and, in a subsequent news conference, disclosed he told his boss he wanted to leave the club. "I informed my team that I would like them to allow me to test my abilities in Major League Baseball next season," Tanaka said.

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December 18, 2013  08:11 AM ET

If only they could learn to spend money wisely. That's all on Cashman and the meddlers above him.

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December 18, 2013  08:31 AM ET

We would welcome him in New York!

December 18, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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Perhaps A Rod could serve as a goodwill liaison?

Or perhaps we can ship them arod as a token of our good will?

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December 18, 2013  09:15 AM ET

LOL Atro! Started my day with a smile.

December 18, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Rakuten says, "Give us half of your big Yankees contract as a kickback and we can talk."

December 18, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Rakuten says, "Give us half of your big Yankees contract as a kickback and we can talk."

I was thinking the same thing. That owner wants what Darvish's old team got.

December 18, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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I was thinking the same thing. That owner wants what Darvish's old team got.

I'll bet the old school Japanese players are hibachi-ing Tanaka over trying to use the press for leverage, that's not in keeping with the traditional Japanese way of knowing one's place. In Japanese spring training, a coach with a fungo will stand 50 feet from an infielder and hammer balls at him until the guy collapses from fatigue or injury...the "thousand fungo drill".

December 18, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Perhaps A Rod could serve as a goodwill liaison?

maybe a-rod would serve as a great retribution??i mean just think,a-rod gets one full year punishment for the roids case,placed off the team lineup without pay and that extra money goes to the luxury tax and whatever its left? just used to add more fire to the Tanaka's sweet bidding!!!

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December 18, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Rakuten says, "Give us half of your big Yankees contract as a kickback and we can talk."

plain and simple,Tanaka's team had lose the bonus money in the posting fee,why?because the posting fee should had been in the middle number of 30 to 35 millions posting fee,instead of just 20 millions
with this fee many teams in the import market of sports could think twice BEFORE trying to make any player available!!

December 18, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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I say go after Jiminez and forget this chinese guy. Think of the money they'd save.

think of the wrecked injury player the team could bring in to their team,Jimenes hasn't been a conssistant pitcher ever since got traded to the indians,aside from his decent season in 2013 he has done very little for the indians,wonder why the indians didn't offer him a long term contract??

December 18, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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I say go after Jiminez and forget this chinese guy. Think of the money they'd save.

Jimenez might be a good fit. I was looking at his stat splits and he does quite well against left handed batters.

December 18, 2013  10:04 AM ET

neither Jimenez or Garza are worthed millions of dollars or a long term contract,and don't forget Santana he is another wishy washy player,this guy will pitch well one season then takes a year off,
with this type of stats no team should give him a long term contract!!

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December 18, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I'll bet the old school Japanese players are hibachi-ing Tanaka over trying to use the press for leverage, that's not in keeping with the traditional Japanese way of knowing one's place. In Japanese spring training, a coach with a fungo will stand 50 feet from an infielder and hammer balls at him until the guy collapses from fatigue or injury...the "thousand fungo drill".

Considering he kicked the leagues arse last season, I'm sure the hitters are willing to pitch in to get him the heck out of the league.

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