Feb 25, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; A detail of a Toronto Blue Jays hat on the field before a spring training split squad game against the Boston Red Sox at Florida Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Blue Jays decline comment on Masahiro Tanaka


There isn’t a team in Major League Baseball who doesn’t have some level of interest in free agent pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. Of course, only a select handful of teams actually have a shot to sign the Japanese native considering his price tag could fetch upwards of $17 million a season.

Regardless, teams have been putting out feelers in recent days including scheduled trips to Japan to court the talented arm.

One team who has been reportedly interested in obtaining Masahiro Tanaka’s services would be the Toronto Blue Jays, however, general manager Alex Anthopoulos recently declined comment as to whether or not the Jays were actually looking into signing the 25-year-old:

For instance, he won’t say whether or not he has contacted the agent for Masahiro Tanaka, the coveted Japanese right-hander who became a free agent last week when his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, agreed to make him available to major league suitors.

“I have said that we’re definitely going to inquire on any free-agent pitchers that are out there,” Anthopoulos added vaguely.

In addition to paying Tanaka his lofty yearly salary, the ‘winning’ team in his free agency bid will also have to post a $20 million dollar posting fee.

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  • Robert Murawsky

    That is why Alex has kept his hands in his pocket, He knows they need the best starting pitcher or stay home. He does not want to stay home and will go all out to get an ace pitcher.