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Did Yankees pay Masahiro Tanaka $155M to be No. 3 starter?

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09:17 AM ET 02.08 | Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, who last month signed the fifth-largest contract for a pitcher in major league history, has the potential to be a "No. 3 starter," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. "We view him to be a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio. "If we get more than that, all the better. He's got a great deal of ability. "There is definitely some unknown because of the transition. We scouted him extensively. Certainly, we look forward to adding him into the mix with the rest of our rotation. That's what we look at him as: A solid, potential No. 3 starter in the big leagues."

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February 8, 2014  09:48 AM ET

Excellent use of disposable income.

February 8, 2014  10:16 AM ET

That's a lot of yakisoba for a number three starter.

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February 8, 2014  11:47 AM ET
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Smart to keep expectations low when you've signed a Dice-K like contract with someone who's never pitched a hot second in the big leagues, but this just in: Sabathia has the potential to make Tanaka a #1 pitcher.

There is that.

February 8, 2014  01:45 PM ET

Nobody gives up that kind of bread for a number. 3 Starter, are you kidding me!!!

February 8, 2014  03:56 PM ET

The Tanaka signing was as much about the Yankers saying, "We're back, we won't be out-bid, and the rest of you had better fear us again"!

February 8, 2014  05:08 PM ET

They were just making sure that the Red Sox didn't get him... Yankees and CASHman have really become jokes of the baseball world...

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February 8, 2014  09:28 PM ET

Nobody shells out that kind of money for a #3 starter...except the Yanks.

February 8, 2014  10:56 PM ET
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Nobody shells out that kind of money for a #3 starter...except the Yanks.

Ain't that the truth. I think Cashman is blowing smoke, and not the type that's legal in certain western states.

February 8, 2014  11:00 PM ET
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They were just making sure that the Red Sox didn't get him...

BERP! Wrong answer.

There's a consolation prize for you at the door. A year's supply of Rice-a-Roni.

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February 9, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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They were just making sure that the Red Sox didn't get him... Yankees and CASHman have really become jokes of the baseball world...

The Red Sox never had any interest in this guy.

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February 9, 2014  10:57 AM ET

What difference does it make what they decide to pay their #3?

February 9, 2014  11:00 AM ET
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Nobody gives up that kind of bread for a number. 3 Starter, are you kidding me!!!

What they pay him is not what he's worth, they pay him what it takes to get him on the team. People don't seem to understand that. There's a difference.

February 9, 2014  11:11 AM ET
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Excellent use of disposable income.

who cares as long the team have a solid and conssistant third starter and at least this Tanaka should be better than Santana and Jimenez who knows??

February 9, 2014  11:12 AM ET
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What difference does it make what they decide to pay their #3?

i have no idea why?because anyways is yankees money and nothing more nothing less!!!

 
February 9, 2014  11:16 AM ET
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What they pay him is not what he's worth, they pay him what it takes to get him on the team. People don't seem to understand that. There's a difference.

like a said the important thing here is,the yankees got a starter and they got stronger in their rotation,
and the rest of the teams got to swallow their own pride why?because of their unability to get Tanaka's service!!

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