The Yankees are apparently extremely high on Masahiro Tanaka. From the New York Post's George A. King III:
According to industry sources, the Yankees are going to be serious players in the Masahiro Tanaka bidding battle next month, hoping to fill crater-sized holes in their rotation with a Japanese pitcher who wowed scouts this year.
... "The Yankees have seen him a lot," said a talent evaluator who watched the 24-year-old right-hander pitch late last month for Japan's Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. "Boston, Texas and the Dodgers will be there, too. This guy is very good."
... Based on several executives' opinions, the posting price to the Golden Eagles will be in the $60 million range. If the team accepts the bid, the winning team has to sign Tanaka to a contract. If they can't reach a deal, Tanaka goes back to the Golden Eagles.
A big plus for the Yankees, whose goal is stay under $189 million next season, is the posting fee doesn't count toward a team's payroll. However, the contract does, and it could be five years for $60 million.
... "He is better than Darvish because he is a strike thrower," the scout said. "Overall, Darvish's stuff might be a little bit better, but this guy knows how to pitch. He is like Kuroda, he has a lot of guts. He throws four pitches but when it gets to [stone]-cutting time, it's fastball and splitter."
Source: New York Post 10/10/2013
Gosuke Katoh wants to accomplish three things between now and the end of next season: 1) make it to Single-A Staten Island and play on a field in New York, 2) wants to play some short, in addition to second; 3) wants to increase power and improve his on base-percentage.
Source: Sponichi 10/11/2013