Yankees Reportedly Land Masahiro Tanaka with Seven-Year, $155 Million Deal

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees have won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. Rosenthal reported the Yankees have agreed to terms with Masahiro Tanaka on a seven-year, $155 million contract that includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year.

If the numbers are accurate, Tanaka has signed the fifth largest contract ever for a starting pitcher behind only Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia.

Ken Rosenthal’s report has been confirmed.

David Kaplan reported the Cubs were the runner-up for Masahiro Tanaka. The current state of the big league team swung Tanaka to the Yankees. And Tanaka wanted to play with Ichiro and Hiroki Kuroda.

The Tanaka watch is over … the Yankees landed the player and if he doesn’t opt out after four years, the total cost will be $175 million.

At this point, look for the Cubs to add a starting pitcher to the roster. Paul Maholm, Scott Baker and Jason Hammel are thought to be on their list of possibilities..

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Start spreading the news
    I am leaving today
    I want to be a part of it
    New York, New York

    Finally, it’s over……

    well the Tanaka / Cubs rumors did make winter go by a little faster……

    .when your product on the field SUCKS….and has three straight 90 plus losing seasons……….this team will not be able to sign major free agents.

    okay Theo, time to tell us WHY, in your version, Tanaka did not sign with the Cubs.

    • cubtex

      Wow man! A little harsh! Everyone knows the reality but lets show a little more tact. It was a huge longshot and as we all know the ONLY way he would have come here is with a 7 year 225 mil contact or so. They would have had to be 50 mil over the Yankees bid. I want improvement on the team more than anybody but there was no need for that.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I thought Bruce Levine was saying Cubs offer was a $200 million plus deal?…going to outbid everyone………seems not !

        • cubtex

          It had to be a Cano situation. We both know that.

        • Scott

          Please enlighten us with what the exact offer the Cubs had on the table was since you know for a fact that they did not outbid everyone.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            I can’t read Japanese contracts.

          • Scott

            He signed with an American team through an American agent (or at least English speaking). I’m pretty sure that all of the contracts were not written in only Japanese. Try again.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            I am being funny…relax.
            Contract our in three languages…..English, Japanese & French.
            And I didn’t see it.

        • Gramps

          Bruce Levine wrong? Really? Again!!!

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, but it’s a blessing for Theo that Tanaka didn’t come to the Cubs, it would have cost much, much more to put a team on the field behind him. This was an albatross waiting to happen. He would have been an improvement, however one man doesn’t mean a World Series in the Cub’s case, much more work to do. A long shot indeed.

        • cubtex

          Yep. You would have been wasting the 1st 2 years of his deal. Put more mileage on his arm with that violent delivery and typical Asian hesitation at the apex of it, and gambled that he will stay healthy 3 or 4 years from now. Not worth the risk for 200 mil.

          • cc002600

            I think you are right. Its probably better off the cubs didn’t get him. I really think the thing that helped yankees more than anything was being able to dump the AROID money for this year. What a freakin’ break !!I It basically paid for Tanaka’s salary this year. Why can’t the cubs ever get breaks like that ? oh well

          • Ripsnorter1

            It’s simple why the Cubs cannot get a break like that:

            they don’t pay that kind of money.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I’ve heard the Cubs offered more money.

      • GaryLeeT

        It’s been a very long wait, and I was just looking for a sign. It was less about Tanaka and more about the Cubs being relevant again.

        • cubtex

          look at their team. They are not relevant. I get flack talking about Rizzo but Rizzo is not a star. Castro is the only above average mlb starter they have(and he had an awful year last year) Almora is in A ball. Soler has a lot of growing to do. Baez should be up this year and they will hold Bryant down till 2015. A long way to go.

      • Sanibelchuck

        Folks, it is not all about the money. Let’s face it, around the world the Yankees are the team that most people hear about. Also he wanted to play with well-known Japanese players on the Yankees. We now have the Japanese version of Mickey, Willioe and the Duke.

    • PleaseStopLosing

      On the bright side of all of this… I once again wont be spending my own hard earned money on trips to Chicago this summer, Cubs tickets, and over priced concessions.
      I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again- If Ricketts spends no money, I will give him no money. Wish more fans would do the same.
      I’ll hope this minor league building plan the Goldenboy has works and wait to spend money till we have an actual big market-big league team on the field.
      End of rant.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    BTW……Hammel, Baker & Maholm are not coming here.

    • John_CC

      btw: I don’t think anyone cares about all your opinions of certainty.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        then listen to Bruce Levine and his made up false rumors that he spreads on his radio show and his column…….it might easy your pain.

        • John_CC

          I won’t be doing that either. But thanks again!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Please stop putting people down. I am not going to ask again. Thank you.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Neil……Levine made all these claims on public air waves…..I think he is responsible on his claims……….this baseball talk…it is not putting anyone down…….part of the baseball as you should know as a reporter, is to find out why both players and baseball reporters remarks are said in a way that comes out false……….Bruce Levine web stories are on your site…….I just think someone with his credentials should not be airing out false rumors.

          • 07GreyDigger

            They are rumors.

            According to the dictionary.

            Rumor: information or a story that is passed from person to person but has not been proven to be true.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Nobody thought they’d get all 3…

  • John_CC

    WHEEEEW.
    It’s over.
    I hope we can just move on now, unfortunately I am bracing for a string of “i told you so’s.”

    • CubbyDenCritic

      In the beginning…..I was the first who knew it wasn’t going to happen.

      • John_CC

        Thanks, thanks a lot.

      • cubtex

        Way to go Jimmy the Greek!

        • John_CC

          HA! lol.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          At least I am not Bruce Levine!

          • John_CC

            I kinda wish you were though.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Man, you are so full of yourself. Did typing that post increase your self-image?

  • 07GreyDigger

    A lot of FA SPs, not a lot of homes. Maybe a bargain falls into this team’s lap, you never know!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      No bargins……all garbage……unless that what type of team that Theo is working on to put on the field for this major market.

      • CubbieLove

        Stay Negative…. The glass is half empty!!!!

        • CubbyDenCritic

          by 2018, it will have to be either overflowing…..or be empty with Theo’s plan.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Jimenez? Garza? Garbage indeed.

        • cubtex

          I would love to have Garza back but that ain’t happening

          • J Daniel

            A healthy Garza … not at the years and $$$ he will probably get.

          • cc002600

            There is talk that he’s hurt

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I’d have loved Jimenez.

          • 07GreyDigger

            It was sarcasm. I wouldn’t mind either of those guys, that’s why I didn’t list Ervin Santana because I would mind him.

  • paulcatanese

    Good choice for Tanaka, at least he is close enough to make it home on weekends in a rowboat:)

  • gary3411

    Not every big free agent is completely blind. There will be plenty that can objectively view the Cubs system and see the potential. The thing that sucks is there may not be another 25YO TOR starter out there for the bidding again for a long time. If another Yu/Tanaka comes out in the next 1-4 years, I will bet my left nut he is ours.

    • cubtex

      Hopefully you still have your right one :)

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Not if he is John Kruk.

  • Thomas D

    You know what will be funny and this is all hypothetical and I know it’ll never happen but wouldn’t it be hilarious if the Cubs and Yankees make it to the world series and the Cubs beat Tanaka to win the series?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      odds on that happening……
      1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1

      • mutantbeast

        The odds of the Stankees winning the series are much lower. Too bad CC will pull a rib cage muscle, Ellsbury will c rash into one too many walls, and they realize just how much they miss Cano.

    • 07GreyDigger

      That would be funny.

  • John_CC

    I can’t wait to see the kid pitch.

    Yet again, all the chatter and noise has proven to be just that, unsubstantiated blather.

    Tanaka certainly wanted to be the ace of the rotation.
    No way would be second fiddle to Kuroda…again!
    The Dodgers and their pot of gold were “all in.”
    Blah Blah Blah.

    It sure would have been exciting to see him in Arizona in a few weeks. The media circus would have been bright on the Cubs. But I feel relieved that Cubs did not land him and get tied to a $25M dollar pitcher for SEVEN years. That is a long time.

    I also can’t wait to watch Boston beat out the Yankees again for the AL East, and the Rays come in second, and the Yankees miss the wild card, again.

    • Sanibelchuck

      He may be here in Fort Myers when the Yankees play the Twins and Red Sox. The Red Sox spring training site here has the same dimensions as Fenway. Again, the Cubs should have moved to FL instead of staying in AZ.

      • Cubbiemacg

        I work for mesa, AZ city hall. There was no way we were going to let the cubs leave. For everyone that said rickets fit the bill he did not, mesa dropped a lil over half as we liquidated quite a few assets to keep them here. As for the grapefruit league there are many reasons so many teams left for the Cactus league that I’m sure by now it speaks for itself. That and there wasn’t a single city in FL that was willing to help the cubs out financially. So again why is it to bad sanibelchuck

        • Dorasaga

          Thanks for sharing! I like insider analysis.

    • Dorasaga

      I think it’ll be kind of funny if Kuroda repeats his production and makes Tanaka #2 this year.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I am not being NEGATIVE….I am being REALISTIC….I have seen this horse & pony show before with past Cubs mgmt……….yes, the Cubs can be good….and when the Cubs do become that team that is one player away from a Championship, you will see major free agents wanting to come here……….but when we were really close 3003-2007, did the Cubs sign any major free agent?….best they did was Milton Bradley……in fact, Cubs traded away key players………….if the Cubs do not have a playoff team by 2018, there will be many “Steve Stone” types out there blasting this ownership, Theo & Jed.
    I hope I will be wrong by 2018 or sooner.

    • CubbieLove

      When has the Cubs had any minor leagues? Late 80’s? and they sure didn’t have the potential other than Maddux and Palmerio… U are negative!!! Theo is not Hendry!!! In 10 years, Hendry had 2 draft picks work out, well 1….so far..Shark. Maybe Baez…

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Shark—-average
        Baez—–unknown yet

        • CubbieLove

          Prove my point….thanks. We finally have writers thinking our prospect are good, not just Cubs fans like before… Corey Pattterson, Felix Pie etc… too many to count. We have to stock up and Theo is cleaning up Hendry’s mess… Hendry was suppose to be a wiz at scouting….

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Hendry is gone……those last two years are not on Hendry…that is Theo & Jed…….Dale was a Hendry pick…….going to blame Hendry for the 2014 season also?……if Baez single handed wins a World Series for the Cubs, you give credit to Hendry or to Theo?.
            Our Prospects are only good if they produce in the MLB…..their minor league numbers don’t count when they start facing the Kershaw’s in this league,

          • CubbieLove

            Have you been around the last few years were we begged someone to take Soriano and finally just got rid of him last year?… Theo had to clean up the bad contracts… Look at the Cards, The Rays…. you have to have talent coming up…look how the Dodgers came back…cause of Piug, every winning teams need a minors league….Can’t happen when the guy drafting the last 10 years has nobody that has made a difference…. You can’t turn around a 100 year mess in 2 years… Crazy how experts finally like what the Cubs are doing, but negative fans can’t see it….

          • cubtex

            bad example with Puig. That shows how quickly you can add impact mlb talent.

          • CubbieLove

            How? He came from their minors…. He wasn’t in the MLB to start… Just saying we need to have players ready and Hendry wasn’t producing them with draft or signing…Casto? that is it…….

          • cubtex

            international free agent. Just like Soler but Puig was much closer to mlb and more upside

          • CubbieLove

            Ok Wacha then or half Stl team…?

          • No Baseball In Indiana

            Yup, too bad the IFA system changed though. Would have made the rebuild a lot faster.

          • cubtex

            How much closer would the Cubs be if they signed Ryu,Puig and Greinke(like the Dodgers did?) Then…you had a much better shot at Tanaka. Then you have a rotation going into 2014 of….

            Tanaka
            Greinke
            Ryu
            Shark
            Wood

            Not bad huh?

          • CubbieLove

            Did any scouts have any info on Puig? barely, he was the least seen out of the 3… they hit gold with him, but Soler could be the best of the bunch, but you can’t give it any time huh? Nobody was going to out spend the Dodgers bro…they hit the lotto with the TV deal.

          • cubtex

            I am not close to being as high on Soler as many on here are. No way do I think he will be anywhere near of what Puig is.

          • John_CC

            I just don’t see all the love for Puig. I don’t think he’s going to be that great.

          • Eugene Debs

            Puig played less than 75 games in the minors. He signed a 7 year $42 million contract. He was not unknown and he definitely was not a product of the minor leagues.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Fans are getting weary….the boo birds will be out again this year…..part of today’s Cubs society…….most of the people out in the stands are tourists anyway…………forget about Hendry….forget about 100 plus years…..forget about 90 plus losses….forget about Tanaka……forget about Bartman and 1984 playoffs…….that is all history………..2014 is a new year…..Cubs won’t be on anyone’s list to win……2014 is another rebuilding year…..more prospects coming up…..some other guys leaving with prospects in return……Theo said it will take time……he has another new manager…..the clock went back some…..lets see how the new manager works with the players in any language before we know if Renteria is that guy who can take us to the Promise Land.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Good thing is we’re not just relying on one prospect like Pie or Patterson. We have 5 or 6 guys like that. As Theo has said many times, and is the correct attitude, it’s a numbers game.

      • cubtex

        2 draft picks? Cmon man. That isn’t even close to true.

        • CubbieLove

          Name them? I have Shark and maybe Baez (if he does come up and produce), maybe Cashner?.. Castro was a FA signed…. not close to true?

          • cubtex

            I am not going to look up every draft but off the top of my head…Sean Marshall, Josh Donaldson(all star) Shark, Andrew Cashner. That is 4 above average mlb players right there.

          • cubtex

            and Darwin Barney did win a gold glove.

          • Vivid_Reality

            I don’t think you can give Hendry credit for Donaldson. He was pretty much a bust until the A’s system turned him around.

          • cubtex

            well with that logic you should give Hendry credit for Chris Archer because he was basically a throw in until the Cubs system turned him into a top prospect.

          • Dorasaga

            He was in single A when the A’s traded for him. It was win-win. The Cubs made it to Oct. with Harden (from the A’s system). The A’s gave up now for future.

      • John_CC

        I read a column on another Cubs blog about this very thing. Indeed the last time the Cubs had some solid talent in the system, and then added more young players (Ryno) and a vet or two (Sutcliffe) was also the last time they looked like they could have been a sustained winner. Then Greene was let go, Frey faltered, and Himes blew the thing up.

        I will look for the article.

        • daverj

          All true except I think that was the second to last time the Cubs had solid talent in their system. The system was loaded in the early 2000’s too.

    • Rational Logic

      Cubs spent a TON of money after the 2006 season (Soriano was one).

      BTW, the whole “one player away” thing is a joke and that model yields overpaying and long term contracts (i.e. Soriano) that cripple a team.

      Do you not think it’s better to develop players from within and add small pieces? See the Cardinals, Braves, etc.

      It’s about building sustainability…..killing me.

      • cubtex

        It only cripples a team if you aren’t willing to spend more. Did Dice K cripple the Red Sox? They went out and spent and spent. Not very wisely with Crawford and Lackey but it didn’t cripple them. Theo has never had a team where he didn’t spend until now.

        • Rational Logic

          It cripples a team who *can’t* spend more as well due to out-sized contracts. Teams may not be willing to spend more because they cannot. Of course the Red Sox weren’t crippled, but the success wasn’t due to Dice-K – they had a lot of home grown talent that could support the team. The ability to have other means to success is critical – which the Cubs did not with a non-existent farm system.

          • cubtex

            look at how the Red Sox starting rotation was formed under Theo. All bought and traded(Beckett) for with the exception of Lester.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Totally agree. We want the Cards, Braves, Rays, A’s models. And those were all achieved after years of mediocrity.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Current management has absolutely zero to do with those regimes. It’s like if you toss a coin and get tails 5 times in a row you think you are due for heads. It may be likely you will eventually get heads but each individual toss it still 50/50. The previous tosses have nothing to do with the current one’s.

      So yes, to base you’re expectations of this regime, that has only been involved with the Cubs for 3 seasons, on what happened with previous regimes is negative. It’s extremely negative. Borderline fatalistic…

      • John_CC

        Borderline something.

  • Rick Barkan

    Do the Yankees think this guy will get them to the World Series? I can’t wait til he gets beat every time out. This is the MLB not Japan. I think it’s ridiculous to pay this kind of money to a player and 20 mil to his former team.

  • Jeff in Az

    This situation is a perfect example of why Theo and Jed are doing what’s best for the Cubs. There are no guarantees that you can even sign.the quality free agents that become available.

    Building from within can’t be taken away from us. The Yankees don’t have access to our prospects.

    I do appreciate that the cubs gave a real try though.

    • cubtex

      If the Cubs had a better mlb product they had a shot. You can’t expect any “good” free agent to go to a team that expects to lose 90 games without blowing the field away monetarily.

      • Jeff in Az

        I agree, Cubtex. So we have to hope this 2nd ranked farm system yields a few major league stars so we can attract these types of free agents in the future.

        • cubtex

          or trade some of these hyped prospects for good mlb players. Notice how I said some…not all :)

          • CubbyDenCritic

            I think what Theo will hold up any trades with our minor league guys is where RIzzo & Castro numbers are this year……especially Rizzo…….he has Vogelbach & Candelario on his tail….and we might need Vogelbach to be DH if the NL adapts that rule…….third base also has a log jam……Olt, Villanuava, can only play there if Baez is at another position……Bryant will not play third….he will be an OF……so the Cubs will wait and see how things work out in 2014 before making a move with minor league prospects.

          • Cubbiemacg

            When is this NL adapting the dh thing going to get voted on and what is the likelihood it will actually happen?

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        I’m finding myself agreeing with you too much today WTH? If they hadn’t blown the roster up the last two years, the Cubs might have stood a chance. I hope the trade acquisitions pan out.

        • cubtex

          See the light Hoosier!

      • daverj

        True … which goes to your point that a big market team like the Cubs should be able to rebuild and field a decent team at the same time.

  • cubtex

    Casey Close did what any good agent would do. He played the Cubs offer against the Yankees to drive up Tanaka’s price. Just like Anibal Sanchez last year with the Tigers. I bet the Cubs offered the same and Close forced the Yankees to match. Tanaka wanted to be in a big market with huge media and a chance to win now.

    • GaryLeeT

      At least the Yankees are in the 40% luxury tax bracket, and every dollar they spend on Tanaka costs them $1.40

      • CubbyDenCritic

        pass it on to their ticketholders….no big deal.

        • daverj

          Ticket prices (and other revenue like tv) drive salaries, not the other way around.

          I think you must have skipped Econ 101.

          Teams don’t set ticket prices based on spending.

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s wrong of me to hope his arm falls off, right?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      not really……Yankees can buy out Tanaka’s contract…..and Theo can pick up a once sought after Japanese pitcher now with TJ issues at a low cheap price.

  • Eugene Debs

    You win some, you lose some. I’m ready to win some.
    So, do we bring in another arm or two?

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Always looking!

  • Scott

    I understand a lot of the opinions that many have on the Cubs prospects, but I hope some of them pan out.
    And I understand that Tanaka wants to win NOW.

    But over the life of this deal, do you think the Cubs or Yankees will be more successful? Even if Tanaka exercises his opt out clause after 4 years, which team has the better chance to be successful in those years?

    Their pitching doesn’t look to be great. Tanaka will be a big addition, but Sabathia looks to be on a fast downhill slide, Kuroda is 39 next month, Ivan Nova – I’m not convinced will be anything other than a #3 unless he develops any kind of consistency, Pineda – be very wary of shoulder issues!, and who closes? Their bullpen could be awful. And I think we all know how blown leads can frustrate starting pitching and demoralize a team.
    The Yankees position players…they certainly have poured a lot of money into them…but will there be results? McCann, a 30-year old catcher with an injury history, Jeter, Teixeira, Brian Roberts – old, injured and barely effective. Soriano? How much is in the tank. Their corner outfielders are a combined 77 years old (115 if Soriano is out there with Ichiro and Beltran). Ellsbury? That’s a lot of money for a guy with no power…his legs better hold up.
    The Yankees could be a decent team in 2014. But age and injury could destroy that team quickly and there will be little they can do to fix it with an almost barren farm system.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      If the Yankees win the World Series this year….their team photo of all those old guys will be on the November issue of AARP.

  • Dave_in_STL

    Now that Tanaka has signed w/ the Yankees, is it too late for Renteria to get his $300 back for buying the Japanese version of Rosetta Stone? I guess that was money wasted eh?

    • cubtex

      lol. maybe he can exchange it for “how to talk Chicagoan” Da Cubs. “Get up dere and hit da ball Starlin”

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Anyone hear how Texans talk?…..or think?……Texans believe they won the Civil War.

        • Vivid_Reality

          You are a cancer to this website.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            sticks & stones

          • Rational Logic

            That response leaves me to believe that you will continue to post meaningless garbage as you recognize the insult and used the saying to disregard it without recognition of how your comments affect the overall integrity of the site and commentary discussion.

            Given this, I advise everyone to just ignore these types of comments in order to keep the discussion within scope.

            Nothing is worse than reading 15 comments of garbage to get to 1 insightful thought.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      He will still need it when Fujikawa returns next August.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Now the Tanaka / Cubs era is over, we can move on to other issues…..
    Stories we should discuss during this year……
    1 – Cubs Upcoming Prospects this season
    2 – Renteria and his manager skills
    3 – Cubs bullpen
    4 – Samardzija trade possibilities in July
    5 – Other possible Cubs July trades
    6 – Progress on the team & FO
    7 – Is Clark a success?
    8 – Will the Cubs spend money on F/A after this season?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I wonder if one of the deal breakers was Theo not giving a full no trade clause to Tanaka?

  • DWalker

    Why do I have the sneaking suspision Theo is chuckling to himself right now. He just forced the yankees to pay out a huge contract on one contract that won’t get them to a world series with all their other problems. Theo was willing to spend the money to gamble the cubs would compete in the next few years based on prospects. the yankees are gambling they can buy a whole new team. For that contract, I can’t say I am overly heartbroken he didn’t come here, the milage on his arm is a big worry for that length.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      $155 Million, plus the $20 million posting fee…..to the Yankees, that is nothing…….and I don’t think Theo is chuckling now….he is more concern if “ANY” major free agents will ever come here while this team is in the lower half of the division……..another poor season, and many of the 2014 F/A will bypass the Cubs again …..Theo biggest concern is his farm system & prospects this year and how they will pan out……Theo only needs a great season from Baez, Soler, Almora, Bryant and other prospects so he can boost how good his future plan is working out in front of Cubs fans at the next Cubs Convention.
      BTW, we heard Theo would blow away all the teams with their offer to Tanaka…..will Theo now tell us his final offer he made to Tanaka?

    • cubtex

      Really? Theo is chuckling to himself for spending all this effort on a player to sign with another team? I hope he has better things to do with his time than to drive up the contract for a player just for kicks.

  • cc002600

    in the next CBA, they are going to have do something again about the widening gap of the haves and have-nots. Maybe they make the luxury tax 100% over certain amount. Either way, its ridiculous that teams like Yankees & Dodgers can spend $220-$250M while most other teams are spending a fraction of that.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels all have a large market size….so do the Cubs & White Sox……….the national media promotes West coast and East coast teams more then the teams in the middle of the country…….guys at ESPN are so bias for their NY teams…..unless they are talking about LeBron & the Heat……NY or LA MLB, NFL, NBA teams is what matters to the national media…..those teams also have the big tv contracts….while our Cubs & Sox don’t have that type luxury of money coming in……….small market teams will never be able to compete with the big boys…….anyway, who wants to play in Cleveland or Kansas City when you can make bigger $$$$ in LA or NY!

    • cubtex

      you are finally understanding that those 2 teams are in a league of their own!

    • oldanddisgusted

      Maybe Obama can replace Bud Selig and unilaterally pass some rules to share the wealth.

  • oldanddisgusted

    I predict that Tanaka will turn in to Tanana.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      260 wins….2700 K’s…..good investment for the Yankees then.

      • oldanddisgusted

        Good record, but not great. Definitely not worth that kind of money. But he won’t last as long as Tanana did. His violent arm motion makes him a prime candidate for TJ surgery.

  • cubtex

    So I guess the Cubs were never in it for Tanaka.

    @pgammo has a good track record on @Cubs. On Tanaka, he says they lacked “the cash to finish it, and knew they were not seriously in it.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    So…
    Yeah.

    I can’t think of anything to say about this offseason so far.

    Veras might be ok, I guess.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      and fingers crossed on Olt.
      and hoping Castro and Rizzo rebound.
      and hoping Lake can do it for a whole year.
      and hoping EJax comes back to career norms.
      and hoping Shark finally puts it all together.

      This isn’t even a negative comment…I would almost rather watch our AA or AAA teams on tv than the mlb squad as it is comprised today.

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