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D-Backs heading to Japan to woo Tanaka?

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07:28 AM ET 12.30 | So far, with Masahiro Tanaka on the market for less than a week, Arizona's pursuit amounts to little more than an expression of interest. But the club is hoping to have a chance to do more to lure the Japanese right-hander. Diamondbacks officials are hoping to make their sales pitch with Tanaka in person, and they appear willing to fly to Japan to facilitate a meeting, although no trip has been scheduled. If they're going to land him, it could require an impressive sales job. The Diamondbacks have money to spend, but it's hard to imagine them presenting the most lucrative offer. After all, this is a franchise whose largest free-agent contract ever ($52.4 million to Randy Johnson) could be less than half what Tanaka receives.

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Kirk Gibson, Icon Sports Kirk Gibson, Icon Sports
December 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Arizona's nice.

December 30, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Unless they are bringing a couple suitcases full of $$$$
Not sure what a trip there can do

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December 30, 2013  09:19 AM ET

What? They are willing to fly there but "no trip has been scheduled?"

Well, I think that is step one if you are serious. Sooo, just BS PR 101 at work.

December 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET

It's very simple - show him the money.

December 30, 2013  09:36 AM ET

That little part about the Randy Johnson contract is way out of context. He was the 7th highest paid player in 1999 after he signed that contract.

December 30, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That little part about the Randy Johnson contract is way out of context. He was the 7th highest paid player in 1999 after he signed that contract.

And then 2nd highest in 2000 with 13.6 million, with only Kevin Brown's horrible contract besting him

December 30, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And then 2nd highest in 2000 with 13.6 million, with only Kevin Brown's horrible contract besting him

Yeah, that Kevin Brown contract was a bit of a disaster, wasn't it?

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December 30, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Yeah, that Kevin Brown contract was a bit of a disaster, wasn't it?

Actually he pitched pretty well for the Dodgers(overall he was 58-32 with 2.83ERA, 1.1 WHIP, and a ERA+ of 147) Had 2 1/2 very good seasons, then had injury issues for 2 years, had a bounce back season in 2003, then when he went to the Yankees he totally imploded in the last 2 years of the contract. But that's what you get when you give a 33/34 yr old pitcher a 7 yr contract.

December 30, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Actually he pitched pretty well for the Dodgers(overall he was 58-32 with 2.83ERA, 1.1 WHIP, and a ERA+ of 147) Had 2 1/2 very good seasons, then had injury issues for 2 years, had a bounce back season in 2003, then when he went to the Yankees he totally imploded in the last 2 years of the contract. But that's what you get when you give a 33/34 yr old pitcher a 7 yr contract.

Brown's 9 runs given up in 3.1 innings for two starts against the Bosox in the '04 ALCS really warmed the cockles of my heart.

December 30, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Brown's 9 runs given up in 3.1 innings for two starts against the Bosox in the '04 ALCS really warmed the cockles of my heart.

He was pretty awful, wan't he?

December 30, 2013  10:17 AM ET

"Show me the money" applies here.

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December 30, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It's not out of context at all. The author pointed out that landing Tanaka would likely be twice the value of the largest contract the Diamondbacks have ever handed out, and with the exception of the fact that Tanaka is likely going to cost closer to three times what they paid Johnson, it's completely true, regardless of where Johnson placed on the highest paid player list in 1999.

I guess we just disagree on what the author is implying. I think the point he/she/they are trying to make is that the Diamondbacks don't hand out lucrative contracts, using Johnson's contract as an example, when at the time it was one of the most lucrative contracts in MLB.

December 30, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Arizona's nice.

Not enough hibachi establishments, though.

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December 30, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's very simple - show him the yen.

FIFA

December 30, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I'm with you Mike. That Redfoot sure can be a nitpickin sunnuvabetch.

No big deal. He was just looking at it in terms of a pure dollars comparison

 
December 30, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I'm with you Mike. That Redfoot sure can be a nitpickin sunnuvabetch.

I blame the blended whiskey he drinks........

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