Most of the off-season the Los Angeles Dodgers have been relatively quiet on acquiring Masahiro Tanaka, but now they’ve made it clear that they plan on strongly pursing the Japanase right-hander. Most assumed the Dodgers would be the favorites to land Tanaka, but the Dodgers kept a low profile until now.
With two weeks left in the Tanaka sweepstakes, it was reported this morning the Dodgers are all in on Tanaka and believe they won’t be outbid. The Yankees, Rangers, Cubs, and Mariners have all expressed interest in acquiring Tanaka, but how much are they willing to spend? The Dodgers definitely have the deep pockets to sign Tanaka and they are set on adding him to the rotation.
However, reports came out throughout the afternoon suggesting the Dodgers won’t spend wildly and are unlikely to engage in a bidding war with another team for several reasons.
Adding Tanaka to a rotation including Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu would easily give the Dodgers the best rotation in baseball. Tanaka was 24-0 last season with a 1.27 ERA and led the Rakuten Golden Eagles to the NPB championship.
While there’s no clear indication which team is the favorite to land Tanaka, the Dodgers are definitely in the middle of the negotiation process. Tanaka has until January 24 at 2 pm PST to sign with a team and until then everyone waits.
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