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.