MLB Rumors: Minnesota Twins interested in Masahiro Tanaka

May 28, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Hats of the Minnesota Twins sit in the dugout featuring a military design in honor of Memorial Day during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. The Twins defeated the Athletics 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Essentially the best available remaining free agent, teams across Major League Baseball have been clamoring to get their hands on pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

There really isn’t a club who doesn’t have interest in Tanaka – a list that includes the Minnesota Twins who are reportedly looking into signing the high-priced talent:

#MNTwins official on Tanaka: “Long process & very difficult to know where it stands.” Nonetheless, Twins, like many teams, are interested.

Of course, despite the Twins interest, there are a lot of factors going against them.

First off – financials. Minnesota has shown a desire to spend this offseason, but competing against financial powerhouses like the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers simply isn’t possible. Second, beautiful as a place as it can be, Minnesota doesn’t come with the same lure of a big market team.

There’s little doubt the Twins would love to add Tanaka to a re-vamped pitching rotation with includes Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, but it seems to be nothing more than a pipe dream at this point.

Topics: Masahiro Tanaka, Minnesota Twins

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  • Mike Garone

    now that would be something .. talk about getting a much needed ACE .not sure market size matters .. every owner can afford him.. so if you offer the most .. you just Might get him.. Cano went to mariners .. Twins can certainly move a starter in a trade.. and bring back a MUCH needed bat .. Joe Mauer has gotten some big national marketing deals ..so It can be done from Minnesota .. think some of the big market stuff is silly sometimes..I can dream can’t I ?? If Ryan wants to be a serious world series contender .. he can make it happen!

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