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Tampa Bay Rays interested in Kensuke Tanaka

by on Nov.03, 2011 @ 2:33 pm, under MLB, NPB

Sponichi is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in 30-year-old Kensuke Tanaka.

Tanaka he did sign a 3-year deal with the Nippon Ham Fighters before the 2011 season, but his contact contains a clause that allows him some flexibility if he decides he wants to play in the Majors (he still needs to get permission from the team).

Sponichi also mentions that at least 5 teams (including the San Francisco Giants) have been interested in Tanaka with the Rays being the most active -- Rays' international scout Tateki Uchibori has been tracking Tanaka and caught both a Phoenix League game and Saturday's First Stage Climax Series game against the Seibu Lions.

Concerning his FA requirement, Tanaka is currently at 8 years and 143 days and is 2 days short of 9 years (one year = 145 days).  Since Tanaka missed a significant amount of time due to injury (he was on the active roster for only 70 days this year), the Fighters have the option of awarding him with up to 60 days of active service time.

Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
2000 HAM 5 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
2001 HAM 56 116 99 12 14 1 1 3 26 9 0 2 3 1 13 0 28 0 .141 .263 .239 .504
2002 HAM 60 177 158 18 40 7 4 0 55 10 3 2 9 0 9 1 36 2 .253 .348 .298 .646
2003 HAM 52 114 102 10 22 4 1 1 31 16 1 1 2 2 6 2 30 0 .216 .304 .268 .577
2004 HAM 21 45 40 4 13 3 2 1 23 7 1 0 2 0 2 1 7 1 .325 .575 .372 .947
2005 HAM 22 28 24 2 5 0 0 1 8 2 1 1 0 0 4 0 10 0 .208 .333 .321 .655
2006 HAM 125 450 376 68 113 10 6 7 156 42 21 7 34 4 30 6 60 3 .301 .415 .358 .777
2007 HAM 144 638 526 66 134 24 7 3 181 31 27 14 58 2 43 9 107 2 .255 .344 .321 .666
2008 HAM 144 638 536 89 159 32 9 11 242 63 21 7 26 3 62 11 80 4 .297 .451 .379 .832
2009 HAM 144 680 575 93 163 34 4 3 214 49 31 11 17 4 79 5 105 0 .283 .372 .373 .747
2010 HAM 143 662 576 88 193 24 4 5 240 54 34 10 7 5 72 2 66 6 .335 .417 .408 .827
2011 HAM 49 220 200 25 58 6 1 1 69 10 8 3 2 1 17 0 21 1 .290 .345 .344 .691
Totals 965 3773 3217 475 915 145 39 36 1246 293 148 58 160 22 337 37 552 19 .284 .387 .357 .746

2 comments on “Tampa Bay Rays interested in Kensuke Tanaka

  1. Carter

    It’s not like Nishioka had a broken leg and played with a bad team. He certainly was not good, but he’s not the worst player of the league.
    And Tanaka is a good 2B.

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