For weeks, we’ve been told to watch the Seattle Mariners who could very likely emerge as the top suitor for Japanese pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka.
But now, according to Jason Churchill, Tanaka doesn’t appear to be very interested in signing with Seattle:
Sounds like Tanaka not necessarily big on Seattle.
Understandably, Tanaka has his eyes set on a big market like New York, Boston, Los Angeles or Chicago. But Seattle, despite not having the same lure as those cities, does have a heavy Japanese influence and the team is reportedly willing to spend big on the 25-year-old, so the complete lack of interest is a bit odd.
Regardless, it’s not exactly shocking the Mariners aren’t atop the list of Tanaka, who is currently being coveted by the Dodgers and Yankees – among others.
It’s expected Tanaka will draw upwards of $17 million annually, which does not include the $20 million dollar posting fee required to sign the young pitcher.
Signing the sinkerballer will likely command an investment of at minimum $100 million dollars, but likely upwards of $200 million by the time the posting fee is paid.