Masahiro Tanaka: Yankees?
Could it be that the best available free-agent will end up in The Bronx? Possibly. Chances are that he will sign with the Yanks or the Dodgers.
Masahiro Tanaka, 25, is the highest touted free-agent. He comes from Japan. He just finished a season in the Nippon professional league with a 24-0 record, and an amazing 1.27 ERA. The Yankees, along with the Dodgers, are front runners to sign Tanaka. His suggested contract is at least 17MM and a deal reaching at least 5 years. The prices could and will probably go north of that as a possible 5-year 100MM. The Yankees are now in a big need of starting pitching, seeing as their staff is weak, only with CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda with sure spots. Then their are the weak possibilities of Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, and Andy Phelps among others.
The Bombers just cleared 27.5MM this year on their payroll, seeing that Alex Rodriguez just got a full season ban. That money should definitely give the Yankees the push and urge to sign the Japanese phenom. After A-Rod lost the arbitration in which saying that he was caught performance-enhancing drugs.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have plenty of money,(even though they have the highest payroll in the Bigs) and they aren’t afraid to spend a ton of cash to win the sweepstakes. They also have a good pitching rotation, with Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and Chad Billingsly.
To finish, the Yankees should grab at this big chance to sign a big-time pitcher who can fix the Yankees final problem and stumbling block to the World Series in 2014.