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Dark horse 'factor' for Japanese righty

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07:14 AM ET 12.27 | Let the bidding begin. The Yankees and Seattle Mariners may be going head-to-head on another big-ticket free agent. The M's landed Robinson Cano with a deal 10 years, $240 million -- that exceeded the Yankees' offer by $65 million, and they could be a real competitor with the Bombers for Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka. "The Mariners are going to be a factor," one baseball official said. "They have a following in Japan. They enjoyed what they had when Ichiro (Suzuki) was on the team. "They want the chance for moves like getting Cano to pay off. And they envision (Felix) Hernandez paired with Tanaka at the top of the rotation." ... All 30 major league teams were notified that the 30-day period to sign the star 25-year-old righty began at 8 a.m. EST Thursday.

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December 27, 2013  09:20 AM ET

That would be a very good move by the Mariners, he's young and would add a lot to the rotation and Ichiro loved playing there! That being said, he will probably sign with New York!!!

December 27, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Seattle is closer to Japan than NY.

December 27, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seattle is closer to Japan than NY.

<double-checks map... concurs with bishop>

December 27, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

<double-checks map... concurs with bishop>

...and less distractions

December 27, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Seattle. They should try to get Ichiro back too! Suzuki is one of the class guys in sports and a future Hall of Famer!

December 27, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Well, that's a horse of a different color.

December 27, 2013  11:22 AM ET

Nice pitcher's ballpark in Seattle.

December 27, 2013  11:56 AM ET

The Yankees have more drama than the theater on Broadway, With A-Rod's PED investigation, where to bat Jeter and will he be healthy and able to contribute. Can CC regain his form from previous years? with all the money shelled out in free agent signings, if the Yankees don't win their division, or make playoffs will girardi keep his job with Yankees? Will father time catch up with the pushing or over 40 guys on roster? Tanaka playing in Seattle where the future in Seattle is looking much brighter, and not have to play in the fishbowl in NY.

December 27, 2013  12:13 PM ET

More hibachi restaurants per capita in Seattle, too.

December 27, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The Yankees have more drama than the theater on Broadway, With A-Rod's PED investigation, where to bat Jeter and will he be healthy and able to contribute. Can CC regain his form from previous years? with all the money shelled out in free agent signings, if the Yankees don't win their division, or make playoffs will girardi keep his job with Yankees? Will father time catch up with the pushing or over 40 guys on roster? Tanaka playing in Seattle where the future in Seattle is looking much brighter, and not have to play in the fishbowl in NY.

If you think the future in Seattle is bright, then you know nothing about their GM. Not going to change, only the names.

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December 27, 2013  04:29 PM ET
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If you think Tanaka wouldn't be playing in a bigger fishbowl in Seattle than he would be in New York, you need to wise up.

You're kidding right? If you think the media coverage in Seattle is tougher than NY (or even Philly or 20 other US Cities); then you need to go back to the country that you stole the road sign from that you used as your inane. Eh? Eh?

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December 27, 2013  10:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Seattle is closer to Japan than NY.

Only in Miles !

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December 28, 2013  01:41 AM ET
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You need to do two things: get a do-over on that spastic post, and google "Nippon League Crossovers and the Japanese media at Safeco." Because right now, you're the frontrunner for Talking Meatball of the Year.

Boo!

Go Rangers

December 28, 2013  03:53 PM ET
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Seattle. They should try to get Ichiro back too! Suzuki is one of the class guys in sports and a future Hall of Famer!

Ichiro, a definite HoFer...but "one of the class guys"--I'm not convinced. As his time in Seattle progressed, we started realizing he was more aloof, arrogant, demanding, and suffering from superstar sense of entitlement--but he is great at controlling his public image (he uses silence, which is brilliant). Ichiro was a great player (aged quickly, don't you think?), but those of us in Seattle might dispute the "class act" thing.

 
December 28, 2013  03:54 PM ET

Ichiro, a definite HoFer...but "one of the class guys"--I'm not convinced. As his time in Seattle progressed, we started realizing he was more aloof, arrogant, demanding, and suffering from superstar sense of entitlement--but he is great at controlling his public image (he uses silence, which is brilliant). Ichiro was a great player (aged quickly, don't you think?), but those of us in Seattle might dispute the "class act" thing.

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