Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch in the WBC vs Cuba. Mandatory Credit: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac

Report: Formal offers made for Tanaka, Blue Jays not among them


According to a report out of Japan from Nikkan Sports (h/t MLB Trade Rumors), five teams have made formal offers to Masahiro Tanaka and the Toronto Blue Jays are not among them.

The reports indicates that it’s the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox who are prepared to duke it out for Tanaka’s services.

Rumours are circulating all over the place about what each team’s offer could be but for now it appears the Blue Jays have decided to sit this one out. Tanaka could become a legitimate frontline starting pitcher but after taking a risk that hasn’t worked out yet just last off-season I don’t think GM Alex Anthopoulos is in a great position to make a nine-figure commitment to any player, let alone a relatively unknown one.

I like how Anthopoulos didn’t just make an offer for the sake of making an offer. Although we’ve had little to write about this winter I think the Tanaka saga has dragged on for fans in Toronto long enough. Whether or not this means AA is looking elsewhere is an unknown as he appears to be comfortable waiting out the market in hopes that a bargain bestows upon him as we creep closer and closer to spring training.

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  • Justin Jay

    Yea, this isn’t awful for the Jays. I know it seems it because we really could use an arm, but after writing about the Cons of Tanaka, I think I’d take my chances on somebody more proven. Tanaka’s upside is huge, but seriously, how good is Toronto at helping pitchers develop? And how will all those innings on his arm effect him. Even Yu looked tired down the stretch for Texas last season.

  • brad

    At the going rate, I would prefer any of Garza, Santana or Jiminez. Putting aside the lesser competition and huge innings totals that Justin so eloquently described in his article, is it seriously reasonable to guarantee him twice as much money as a guy like Garza? Garza’s had some injuries the last few years but he wasn’t always injury prone. Remember the Tampa Bay Garza? FILTHY!Tanaka could be that good(or better) but some of the guys still available already have been….. and at half the price seem entirely more reasonable.

  • publius varrus

    They offered a list that ‘includes’ those teams; it’s not necessarily limited to those teams. That said, I believe that you’re correct: there’s very little from the Jays’ past or AA’s style to suggest they’d go 9 figures deep to sign a (relatively-unknown) pitcher.

  • some2example2

    why bring hype to the city and fill the seats.

    also, do the people of toronto really want to end up paying $90 a month for a 6 mbps internet package with 2 gb a month cap, because that’s not far off rogers is charging now.

    a greedy corporation run by petty, self absorbed imbeciles who only care about their lives and not the lives of others sums up rogers and their management.

    you know, the smiling idiot type who can’t change a tire, that’s the type of people that run the blue jays.

    that’s why this city hasn’t a seen a championship in decades.

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