Tanaka got $22M for 7 years. Cespedes got $9M for 4; Puig: $6M for 7; Chapman: $5M for 5; Darvish: $9.3M for 6. All the other guys were CHEAP compared to what the Yankees are shelling out for Tanaka. Sure, I would love to have the other four guys for what they are getting paid. But there is no way in hell I would want my team to shell out $22M for SEVEN YEARS for a guy who has yet to throw a single pitch to a ML hitter in this country.
As I explained in other posts this is the new process.
To win the player the Yankees had few options.
First pay 20 mil to then make a bid for the player's services.
The yankees had scouted Tanaka for 2 years and wanted him and had no choice with a blind bid bidding against the Cubs, Chisox, D-Backs, Angels and Dodgers but to bid high.
They had to go high to win, Tanaka wanted 7 years.
On the other hand the others you refer to although established stars in their respective countries Puig, Cespedes and Chapman were simply signed by their respective teams as international free agents. Any other team could have joined the bidding for those players as they would any free agent.
Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Iglesias were all signed as IFAs as well but signed when they were very young.
The entire process of signing international free agents is about to be changed although I disagree with it.
Afterall the RS deserve credit imo for finding those young talents, along with investing and taking a risk on them. How many IFA have they invested in who didn't pan out? Many I would guess, that is the nature of the beast.
Again the small market teams are complaining.
I say go to hell to all of them. The RS as well as the Yankees who signed Mariano, Posada and Bernie Williams as international free agents should be allowed to scour the planet offering contracts to the players they feel will develope into talent.
The Yankees found Mariano playing infield in a Panamanian fishing village.
The small market teams would like a draft of international free agents which imo is bs. Let them find the talent and take the risks like the RS and Yankees have.