One less team on “Tanaka-Watch” – Boston will not pursue Tanaka
The Red Sox are sticking to their guns as far as their starting rotation goes. Yahoo Sports and Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe are reporting that the Red Sox are not expected to chase the Japanese phenom. Despite being impressed with Tanaka (24-0, 1.27 ERA), the Red Sox are expected to stick with the 6 starters on their roster and not add any more starting pitching. That includes other free agents by the way, Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza among them.
There is also the small matter of the cash saved here. Per Yahoo Sports, the posting fee is around $20 million plus the terms of his contract, which could range from $17 to $20 million a year, according to SB Nation. Red Sox fans – let’s not forget that ace Jon Lester is in a contract year, so no matter how much you think Tanaka is worth it, think about this: Who would you rather have leading the staff next year: Tanaka or Lester? They’ll both end up costing about the same when push comes to shove, and Lester might imitate Pedroia and decide to give Boston a hometown discount, so the Sox might save a few million dollars.
As a Sox fan myself, I’d rather have Lester – there aren’t many lefties who are better than him when he’s on point in the entire league. You could make a case that he and David Ortiz could have been co-MVP’s of the World Series in my mind because Lester pitched so well. Also, I think if John Lackey continues to pitch like he did last year, that could potentially be a devastating one-two punch at the top of the rotation. Throw in a healthy Clay Buchholz and you could easily have one of the best rotations in baseball. That’s just how I feel personally. But, on the other hand, you could say “Well, we should get him to keep him from the Yankees!” That’s a valid point, but there are probably plenty of other teams who are in contention for him, so he may not end up in pinstripes.
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