The Chicago Cubs reportedly said they were willing to outbid any team interested in signing Masahiro Tanaka. They didn’t care about the years – they didn’t care about the dollar amount. They were going to outbid anybody.
And they did – except for the New York Yankees, who signed Tanaka earlier this week.
Bids weren’t made public but an unnamed general manager told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the bidding went like this:
Here’s the way one GM handicapped the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes: Yankees $155 million, Cubs $120 million, Diamondbacks $120 million, Dodgers $119 million, White Sox $100 million, Astros $100 million.
In essence, the Yankees outbid every other team by $35 million dollars, though in fairness we don’t know how many years those teams were offering. It’s possible they were offering less years which would have made Tanaka’s yearly salary higher, but that seems highly unlikely.
Of note – pretty interesting the Diamondbacks put up such a large amount of cash considering they’re viewed as more of a small market team in comparison to the Yankees, Cubs and Dodgers.