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Cubs told Tanaka he'd be their ace

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07:33 AM ET 01.21 | Perhaps Chicago is Masahiro Tanaka's kind of town, after all. According to MLB sources, the Chicago Cubs will be one of the finalists this week in the [Tanaka] signing sweepstakes. The bidding will end on Thursday when the pitcher's posting period expires. A source told me on Saturday that the Cubs appeal to the Tanaka negotiating group, listed a chance to be the ace of the team and grow with the top rated young players that are developing in the organization. ... A source for this story said the Cubs will use every ethical strategy they can to get Tanaka to say yes to their offer. Indications are club has told the pitcher he would be their ace and grow with the top rated minor league talent that is starting to make its way through the system.

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January 21, 2014  07:39 AM ET

Cubs minor league system is fairly bereft of pitching but are they really so desperate that they'd pay $20+ M a year for a guy who's never thrown one pitch in MLB? Well, I guess it wouldn't be the Cubs if they didn't do something stupid. You don't go 107 years without winning a World Series purely by chance and circumstance.

January 21, 2014  07:50 AM ET
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Cubs minor league system is fairly bereft of pitching but are they really so desperate that they'd pay $20+ M a year for a guy who's never thrown one pitch in MLB? Well, I guess it wouldn't be the Cubs if they didn't do something stupid. You don't go 107 years without winning a World Series purely by chance and circumstance.

Yeah, I guess you're right. They're better off doing nothing..................

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January 21, 2014  08:00 AM ET
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Yeah, I guess you're right. They're better off doing nothing..................

Who said do nothing? But if the choice came down to paying the money that Tanaka is projected to get and doing nothing then yes nothing would be the better option.

January 21, 2014  08:08 AM ET
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Who said do nothing? But if the choice came down to paying the money that Tanaka is projected to get and doing nothing then yes nothing would be the better option.

The Cubs have the money, why not spend it. Why do fans care how much money teams are willing to give a guy who may turn out to be as good as Darvish? They either spend it on your team or pocket it for themselves.

January 21, 2014  08:16 AM ET

And they'll be in last place until he retires. If it's all about money, then go to the highest bidder. Lots of other teams out there with the money and a history of winning (or at least some prospect of winning). That ain't the Cubs.

January 21, 2014  08:16 AM ET
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Who said do nothing? But if the choice came down to paying the money that Tanaka is projected to get and doing nothing then yes nothing would be the better option.

This makes absolutely no sense to me at all.

January 21, 2014  08:20 AM ET
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The Cubs have the money, why not spend it. Why do fans care how much money teams are willing to give a guy who may turn out to be as good as Darvish? They either spend it on your team or pocket it for themselves.

The Cubs do have money to spend but why spend so much on an unproven commodity. What happens if Tanaka turns out to be the next Hideki Irabu instead of Darvish?

January 21, 2014  08:27 AM ET
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The Cubs do have money to spend but why spend so much on an unproven commodity. What happens if Tanaka turns out to be the next Hideki Irabu instead of Darvish?

Where else are they going to spend their money? There are no quality free agents left, and none coming up in the future. Former major league players playing in Japan say he is the real deal. Again, it's not your money, so just be happy that your owners are trying to do something to improve that team.

January 21, 2014  08:31 AM ET
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This makes absolutely no sense to me at all.

ok, I'll make it simple, Tanaka isn't worth $20-25M per year. Bob Gibson in his prime might be worth that and Gibson was such a dominate force that he led to a rule change that lowered the pitching mound.

January 21, 2014  08:37 AM ET
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ok, I'll make it simple, Tanaka isn't worth $20-25M per year. Bob Gibson in his prime might be worth that and Gibson was such a dominate force that he led to a rule change that lowered the pitching mound.

Oh...so because he's not worth $20-25M to you, the Cubs should not make an attempt to sign him. You're obviously not keeping up with the times here. I guess you prefer the Cubs to remain mired in mediocrity.

January 21, 2014  08:51 AM ET
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ok, I'll make it simple, Tanaka isn't worth $20-25M per year. Bob Gibson in his prime might be worth that and Gibson was such a dominate force that he led to a rule change that lowered the pitching mound.

Your handle says it all---you are an older guy living in the past.
Bob Gibson would be worth $25-30 million/yr easily in today's salary structure.
Theo has the money and needs pitching, so he's going for it.
I wish him success in keeping Tanaka away from the Yankees!

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January 21, 2014  09:00 AM ET

It is obvious if Tanaka does sign with the Cubs it is for the money, not for a chance to win a championship.

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January 21, 2014  09:04 AM ET
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It is obvious if Tanaka does sign with the Cubs it is for the money, not for a chance to win a championship.

The guy is only 25 years old. He will have plenty of time to win a title. Maybe he would like to be a part of something really special, like trying to bring a championship to a team who hasn't won anything in 107 years.

 
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