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Yankees have already reached out to Tanaka

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07:14 AM ET 12.27 | Credit the Yankees for wasting little time on pursuing Masahiro Tanaka. On the first day that major-league teams were allowed to begin negotiations with the Japanese pitching star, an industry source said Thursday that the Yankees already have been in contact with Casey Close, whom Tanaka recently designated as his agent. Close is Derek Jeter's longtime agent. The Yankees' aggressiveness was expected, given their apparent willingness to enter a bidding war for the services of the 25-year-old righthander, who has dominated in Japan during the last few seasons. After going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka is expected to command a contract worth about $100 million. The Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are likely candidates to duke it out with the Yankees in the sweepstakes for Tanaka.

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December 27, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Yankers been gettin it handed to them lately by the rangers et al.......they got no shot....

December 27, 2013  08:36 AM ET

No wonder they gave jeter a raise.....

December 27, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Like the Dodgers, Cubs, and Rays haven't reached out to Tanaka as well.

December 27, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Like the Dodgers, Cubs, and Rays haven't reached out to Tanaka as well.

I'm quite sure the Rays haven't.

December 27, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Like the Dodgers, Cubs, and Rays haven't reached out to Tanaka as well.

The Rays? They don't have the money to throw at that guy.

December 27, 2013  11:36 AM ET

Like 29 other teams.

December 27, 2013  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm quite sure the Rays haven't.

The "Rays" really? lol

December 27, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Anyone really seriously think that the Yankees have no shot and that other teams have been handing it to them? All they need is the go ahead to bust the bubble on the self imposed cap and they can outbid everyone.

December 27, 2013  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm quite sure the Rays haven't.

oops, thats what I get for trying to work and comment at the same time. I meant Rangers.

December 27, 2013  04:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Rays? They don't have the money to throw at that guy.

You can bet the league has figured out Puig for next season. Look for a downturn in his stats.

December 27, 2013  08:32 PM ET

Jack up the price, boys!

December 28, 2013  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Anyone really seriously think that the Yankees have no shot and that other teams have been handing it to them? All they need is the go ahead to bust the bubble on the self imposed cap and they can outbid everyone.

They will do exactly that. This guy gives them a legit 3 in CC, Kuroda and Tanaka. Toss in Nova as a solid #4 and you have as solid a staff as there is in the East. If they also lock up Balfour, getting set-up by Robertson, the Yanks contend this year with solid signings of McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury.

December 28, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They will do exactly that. This guy gives them a legit 3 in CC, Kuroda and Tanaka. Toss in Nova as a solid #4 and you have as solid a staff as there is in the East. If they also lock up Balfour, getting set-up by Robertson, the Yanks contend this year with solid signings of McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury.

OK, I'll go with everything you mentioned, and on paper, it looks fine. But Balfour? The guy that could' pass a physical in Baltimore? Will Yankees money cure that?

December 28, 2013  08:24 PM ET

No, but a better lineup than Oakland will. As well as the fact that there really was no problem with the physical...The orioles just decided against the deal at the last second and needed an excuse.

December 28, 2013  08:30 PM ET

Bottom line is if Yanks get Tanaka, (which at this point we gotta assume they will since they've been simply obsessed with him from the end of the regular season), and then sign any half decent closer, like Balfour or even Rodney, and pick up mark Reynolds for cheap (which is a definite if arod I suspended for the yr which he most definitely will be), they will have sewn up literally EVERY hole they had. And I do mean EVERY. And boy oh boy were there a lot. And yes, they will make those moves..............because....they're the Yankees.

December 28, 2013  08:45 PM ET

Here's another thing for everyone to think about...with Tanaka, yanks will have a rotation of CC, Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda....now I ask this...give me a better front to back rotation. As far as postseason rotations, sure I'd probably rather have Detroit's or the Dodgers', but as far as depth and complete rotations go, there aren't any deeper or more complete in all of baseball. And if this Tanaka kid can be even just a notch or so below what Darvish has been, he can be the new Ace of the rotation, thereby making CC the #2 and Kuroda the #3, there by also making them about as good as Detroit or the Dodgers for even the postseason. Because they have a better #4 in Nova, who gets better and better as the years go. Oh, and here's another interesting fact...everyone loves talking about how old the yanks are, and of course, yes they definitely are...but after next yr, they'll rid themselves of ichiro, Soriano, Teixeira, Kuroda, Brian Roberts, and who knows, maybe even Arod if he's suspended the entire 2014 season which would make him no doubt contemplate retirement....All that would leave them with only 3 "old guys": CC, Jeter, Beltran...4 if Arod plays again. Wow....so old....4 old guys....out of 25....how dare they!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahah!!!!! Oh and by the way...those 3 or 4? Yeah, they're all still pretty good. CC will have a comeback season, Jeter will be healthier, and Beltran is still very good. And ARod, if he plays, can definitely do what he did in the end of last season which makes him at least serviceable, or maybe even a plus.

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December 28, 2013  08:51 PM ET

So basically, this year they'll be as good as anyone, and next year and going forward, they'll get younger and younger and better and better. Yanks had one down year, folks. Hope you all enjoyed it!!! You won't be getting another anytime soon!!!!

December 28, 2013  08:52 PM ET

Is that your rebuttal????? "Dude shut up"...nice. Doesn't say much though.

 
December 28, 2013  09:08 PM ET

Balfour has stressed that he has no injury issues, and he reportedly has doctors backing him up on that point. The Rays are looking for a closer to replace free-agent Fernando Rodney, who has popped up on the Orioles' radar.

"Balfour is coming off a 38-save season in which he posted a 2.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 72:27 K:BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings. He has thrown 55 or more innings in each of the last six seasons, including three seasons with the Rays."

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