Marcus: Yankees aren’t making any moves until Tanaka signs


Via Steven Marcus: The Yankees are not planning to make any additions to the big league roster until the Masahiro Tanaka situation plays out. His signing deadline is 5pm ET next Friday, so only nine days away. “We are doing nothing until Tanaka resolves,” said a team official to Marcus.

From the looks of things, pretty much every team is waiting for Tanaka to sign before moving forward with their offseason, especially on the pitching side of things. Once Tanaka signs, guys like Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza, and Ervin Santana will start to come off the board and things will heat back up. As Joe explained earlier, the Dodgers are preoccupied with Clayton Kershaw’s extension and now is the time for the Yankees to make a major push for Tanaka. Once that is done, bullpen and infield help become the top priority.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Anthony says:

    Some more updates:

    JonHeymanCBS: had heard a kershaw deal wouldnt eliminate dodgers in tanaka derby. but we’ll see once CK’s big number comes in.

    jaysonst: Brought up the name, “Tanaka,” to 2 people at owners meetings this morning. They both had the same response: Beware of the Cubs.

  2. dars says:

    We need Tanaka or in its defect Ubaldo Jimenez.
    I am Ok with a 3B platoon of Kelly Johnson/Scott Sizemore/Ed Nunez
    We then need two arms for the bullpen, I would sign Balfour and take a flyer on Bailey or Hanrahan and team is complete..

    Balfour probably takes a 4-5 M base with 2 M in incentives, Bailey and Hanrahan probably OK with minor league deal or 1-2 Million major league deal

  3. I'm One says:

    My guess is it’s either sign Tanaka and then go on a spending spree or lose out on him and get under $189M. I don’t see them going for Jimenez, Garza or anyone else of significance if they don’t get Tanaka.

  4. mt says:

    That’s the $64,000 question or I guess the $189 million question – what do Yankees do if Tanaka escapes to another team? If Tanaka signs with Yankees we are clearly over $189 million.

    But without Tanaka with the arb raises and just filling out roster it would be close to $189 million. Without Tanaka, it would be very tight – Yankees would have to fill every position in bullpen and starting rotation with dirt cheap players – meaning, I am not sure there would even be room to sign Paul Maholm or Balfour or someone like that without Tanaka. (There are minor issues that all hurt the calculation like a fully suspended Arod still counting $3 million or so against the $189 million in 2014 because of the difference between 162 games/183 days; Roberts has $2.6 million of incentives which a portion of which seems achievable if he does not get injured and wouldn’t they have to at least allow room that he receives a good portion of them?); remember there is still $11 million or so of benefits; etc..

    Filling out Yankees with dirt cheap players in a no-Tanaka scenario would mean a team that I believe would be fourth or fifth in AL East. Starting pitching and bullpen still need help (not to mention the real chance that the current hodgepodge at 3B and 2B with those on 40 man roster fails as a strategy).

    I guess the one avenue in a no-Tanaka scenario is they could trade Gardner for Homer Bailey but Bailey already made last year ($5.4 million) what Gardner will probably get this year – Bailey makes more than Gardner in 2014. (I am discounting any real salary relief from dumping Ichiro.)

    If we lose on Tanaka, we better hope we sign somebody like Maholm or someone like that qucikly – not so much for the value of that additional player but the definitive sign that the $189 million is definitely over. I then also agree that hitting $190 or $191 is not a good option; if you miss $189 million; may as well go to $210 million (protecting the investment you already have made in Ellsbury, McCann, Kuroda for one more year.)

  5. Dick M says:

    That’s rich cause my guess is they ain’t makin any moves after he signs either.

  6. Anthony says:

    Joe Girardi on Masahiro Tanaka:

    “I think it’s possible. This is a guy that went 24-0. Started games, closed their clinching game. He loves competition. He loves the atmosphere. This kid has been highly touted since he was out high school, basically. He has been in the big moment. If you want a chance to win every year, and you like the big stage – which it appears that he likes – this would be a good place to come. So I think that we have a lot to offer him. You think about, he’s got Hiroki Kuroda to lean on his first year if he comes here. He’s got Ichiro. New York, I think, has a tremendous Asian population and he will be supported there throughout the year. I think there’s something to be said that Hideki Matsui stays here. He did not go back to Japan. This is quite a place to play, so I think we have a decent chance.”

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      “Closed their clinching game…”

      Girardian to English: TANAKA TO TEH BULLPEN!

    • TWTR says:

      I wonder if Joe has already come up with one of his cool nicknames for him.

    • The Great Gonzo says:


      Per Joe Girardi, all Asians hang out together and only with other Asians.

      • Pasquale's says:

        Tanaka has been quoted in some Japanese sports news sites as saying that he does not know english very well and therefore would prefer a city with a healthy Japanese population, or at least Asian population due to the cultural similarities.

        • I'm One says:

          Pretty sure that can be found in any of the 3 major cities being sited as most likely landing spots for him. (Although I’ve gotta say, I am not familiar with how strong the Asian population in general and Japanese population specifically, is in Chicago).

        • Laz says:

          It has also been reported that he was trying to learn english and has been trying to talk to his english speaking teammates. NYC is big enough that even if the percent is smaller, that he can find plenty of people he will interact with.

  7. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    For the sake of argument, presume we lose on Tanaka. I wouldn’t be adverse to them filling in all the gaps with minimum salary AAAA or our own AAA players (as long as playing at the MLB level wasn’t disrupting their development) to stay under the 189 level. That probably still means they need to trade Ichiro for nothing just to get the salary relief.

    I realize that burns Kuroda’s last year, and the first years of that enormous Ellsbury contract and the large Beltran contract, but even then you don’t know that they won’t be good enough to compete, and at that point if they are competing at the deadline maybe you make a desperation move, throwing away the 189 at the last minute to get one more big bat or SP.

  8. Deep Thoughts says:

    So if the blowout clearance pricing at the MLB Shop is any indication, maybe Cano was right about the Yankees dissing him:


  9. Anthony says:

    BillShaikin: Kasten won’t talk about Tanaka but suggests he could be in play even w/Kershaw deal: “I don’t think any one contract impacts any other.”

  10. PunkPitch says:

    Tanaka is a must sign because Hal can save 85k by using Kiroda’s interpreter for both players.

  11. Anthony says:

    DanBarbarisi: Hal also acknowledged that he has had a conversation with Casey Close, Tanaka’s agent, RE: tanaka. Wouldn’t comment on face-to-face meeting.

    Hal acknowledged that, of course, Yanks are in on Tanaka. “We certainly have an interest. I believe we need another starter.”

  12. Batsman says:

    Bullpen becomes a priority over the infield.

  13. MB923 says:

    Kershaw just got a 7 year/$215 million extension

    • Anthony says:

      Dodger aren’t screwing around.

      Have a horrible feeling that Tanaka’s up next for them.

    • JGYank says:

      To put that into perspective, he makes about $1M per start. And he probably could have gotten even more if he asked for more years or hit the FA market.

  14. he says:

    Bye bye Kershaw ;(

  15. Nathan says:

    Dodgers lock up Kershaw. Wow…young elite pitching doesn’t hit FA anymore.

    Yankees need to go hard after Tanaka.

    • Laz says:

      The deal is too good to pass up. He gets paid 200M to stay in LA, and gets another chance to hit free agency at 30. Also is a safeguard against injury this year.

  16. Nathan says:

    And damn, it’s as if the Dodgers turned “Ignore Budgets” ON (MLB: The Show reference).

  17. Mike says:

    The Dodgers have spent their cash. We should be the favorites now to land Tanaka.

  18. JGYank says:

    So let’s see… with Kershaw locked up the Dodgers have Kershaw, Kemp, Greinke, Gonzalez, and Crawford locked up with huge contracts. Plus they have Ryu, their new 2B (forget his name), Eithier and some others signed for multiple years. They probably are looking to lock up Hanley and will have to pay Puig at some point down the road. But with Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu their rotation looks solid and is already expensive. So Tanaka really isn’t a need and will really limit their financial flexibility further.

    But it’s hard to believe a pitcher just got over $30M AAV (about $1M a start) and didn’t even have to hit the FA market. The scary thing is he could have gotten more if he asked for more years since he only got 7. $300M wouldn’t of surprised me even if he’s a starter.

  19. no deverian de aserle eso que le estan asiendo a alex rodriguez ustedes mis yankees

  20. tommy cassella says:

    please God, please help the yanks get taneka.

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