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Are Phillies really in on Masahiro Tanaka?

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07:30 AM ET 12.29 | Masahiro Tanaka's posting price will be $20 million, the Rakuten Golden Eagles are finally letting him go, and all that's left to do now is speculate endlessly on which MLB team will land the coveted Japanese pitching prospect. It's tough to look at the Phillies and not see that they could use some help, but it's a little harder to look at the rotation and feel like that's where it should go. There are other parts of this team that could use a boost, such as the offense, or the bullpen, or the offense a second time. A Cole Hamels/Cliff Lee-topped rotation is still admirable, even if it also includes Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, and a mysterious 27-year-old Cuban whose initial signing dropped dramatically when it was revealed that he had health problems. They could use help from a pitcher who just went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, but it's just not the first place they could add it. But that hasn't stopped their name from popping up when it comes to the discussions on Tanaka.

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December 29, 2013  08:34 AM ET

stay away from our chubby little piece of property.

December 29, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Phillies need more help than this guy can deliver

December 29, 2013  09:22 AM ET

With a depleted farm system the Phils need to look to build their system instead of thinking about a pitcher whose arm might be close to being through with all of the innings he has thrown in the past at the price they will be asking for.

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December 29, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Sure. Why not? Anyone can throw a number out there. good PR for teams to show they are trying.

December 29, 2013  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sure. Why not? Anyone can throw a number out there. good PR for teams to show they are trying.

Exactly. I think it's all a PR move, nothing more.

December 29, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

stay away from our chubby little piece of property.

Dude, he's all yours.......who am I to stop you from acquiring Hideki 2.0?

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December 30, 2013  11:25 PM ET
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Phillies need more help than this guy can deliver

the phillies are confuse till now!!

December 31, 2013  12:40 PM ET

Silly to think about...he is not coming to Philly...period.

 
December 31, 2013  01:27 PM ET

The next Dice K

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