Re: Yankees to sign Tanaka
posted at 1/23/2014 2:41 PM EST
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
Zac, I find it hard to believe you dont think the NYY paid what they had to, because they were desperate for pitching.
Y is it desperate and not just filling a need ?
is it in your opin because they did it the yankee way
(they went after the best FA option available)
Hard to form a long term plan, for a guy who has never thrown a pitch, in mlb.
Thoughts following the Masahiro Tanaka signing
By Mike Axisa.
1. Might as well just start with this to get it out of the way: I think the contract is more than reasonable and probably a bargain when you consider what other high-end 25-year-olds would get on the open market. No, he’s never pitched in MLB, but it’s not like they plucked him out of a beer league. The contract is expensive, don’t get me wrong, but as Hal Steinbrenner said yesterday, “market value is what one or more teams are willing to pay today.” Several other clubs were reportedly willing to pay Tanaka upwards of $20M+ annually, so the Yankees weren’t out in their own little world with this offer. It’s comforting knowing other teams believed in his talent enough to offer similar dollars. I’d feel differently if Tanaka was a few years older but the team is (theoretically) buying almost all of his peak years since he just turned 25 in November. If he pitches like prime Dan Haren (the most common comp) from ages 25-28 and then opts out, it will have been a brilliant signing. It’s the next contract, the one that comes after the opt-out and involves buying a whole bunch of decline years, that will be the really scary one.
Because he has yet to throw a pitch in MLB, ALE. Signing him was filling a need, the contract is what was desperation. Everyone can write, tweet and post, all they want about Tanaka. Bob has it right. Anyone who says they know otherwise, is lying, crazy or both.
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We're not going to have a clue what Tanaka's true level/value is until he actually pitches this year, folks.