Dodgers ‘won’t be outbid’ for Masahiro Tanaka

October 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Part owner Magic Johnson watches game action during the fifth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers play against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on Power Alley on MLB Network Radio just announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers have let their intentions surrounding Masahiro Tanaka be known.

In what should not be considered breaking news, the Dodgers have announced that they are all-in on the Japanese right handed sensation and won’t be outbid. Since even before Tanaka had actually been posted, the Dodgers were long considered to be the favorites to land him, with their only other (financial) competition coming from the Yankees. The Yankees have been going back and forth as to whether they will be above or below the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

Nearly every single team in Major League Baseball has been reported to be in on Tanaka, as whoever ends up signing him will only have to pay $20 million over two years to the Rakuten Golden Eagles as a posting fee. Tanaka has been projected to earn a 6-8 year deal at potentially $20 million per year.

Topics: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees

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  • Luke775

    6-8 Year deal? Say what? This is no Derek Jeeter.

  • Matthew Fisher

    I assume you mean “Jeter.”

    And no, he’s a 25-year old starting pitcher.

  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    why did we release mark ellis!!!!!?

    • Matt Fisher

      You did not release Mark Ellis. He was a free agent at the end of 2013 and signed with the Cardinals.

    • cup4kings

      Because they signed Alexander Guerrero for millions to play 2B. Dodgers have Dee Gordon to back him up, and Rojas behind that. Ellis made $5.25 million last year, and batted .265. Not worth bringing back given Guerrero coming in.

  • cup4kings

    Seems like a no brainer for the Dodgers to go all in for Tanaka. Just from a marketing stand point, I can only imagine how much their return on investment would be with the melting pot that is L.A. Ryu and Tanaka? Dodgers just cornered the Asian market with branding. $120 million or whatever the final amount is, Dodgers aren’t stupid. That’s an investment in global branding, and they add a potential stud to what is an already dominant starting rotation.

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