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[11/4/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

by on Nov.05, 2013 @ 3:55 am, under NPB

At least three teams, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers, are said to be seriously interested in Masahiro Tanaka (25) if he decides to post this winter.  Of the three, the Yankees and Rangers spent the most amount of time scouting Tanaka at games.

Team owner Hiroshi Mikitani is said to be against posting Tanaka and may personally get involved in the organization's attempts to persuade the ace to stay another season.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

According to Sports Hochi, Mikitani might be willing to dish out as much as 800 million yen to persuade Tanaka to stay.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/4/2013


Yu Darvish expressed some concern over Tanaka pitching in Game 7 and tweeted:


Make no mistake, this is not good for the body.  [Because] the inflammation in his shoulder and elbow have not gone away yet...


New York Times' David Waldstein on Tanaka:

... According to a scout who watched Tanaka pitch in the Japan Series but who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly about him, the volume of pitches is of some concern.

"I am worried about his arm," the scout said.

Major league teams prefer to keep their pitchers on strict pitch counts and would most likely not allow someone to throw 160 pitches, and certainly not allow them to throw again the next day, for fear of injury. Japanese pitchers often throw significantly more pitches than their major league counterparts.

... Several American teams, including the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers, have been scouting Tanaka closely and are expected to bid heavily if the Eagles post him, as many expect they will.

Source: NY Times 11/4/2013

MLB.com's Doug Miller on Tanaka:

Tanaka, who turns 25 next year, technically isn't a free agent but it's expected that more than a few teams will bid for his services. He wants to pitch in the Major Leagues and should be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles following the Japan Series. Tanaka happens to be coming off one of the greatest seasons in Japanese baseball history, with a 24-0 record and 1.24 ERA. He figures to get the most lucrative contract of all the available pitchers if he makes the move.

Source: MLB.com 11/1/2013