Coffee and Clippings: Yankees must go all in on Tanaka

Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) of the NY Daily News writes that the Yankees must go all in on Masahiro Tanaka or lose international arms race…

It’s time for the Yankees to stop being international spectators.

The Bombers have watched from the sidelines in recent years as teams gambled on Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish, hitting the jackpot each time.

It was easy to understand the Bombers’ hesitation, the wounds from the Kei Igawa disaster fresh in their minds seven years later. The statute of limitations is over. It’s time to jump back into the big-money international market, with a do-whatever-it-takes approach to signing Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News talks about how the Rangers could make a play for Tanaka…

On Christmas morning, the question all of baseball has been waiting on was finally answered: Yes, kids, there really is a Masahiro Tanaka. And he is coming to America.

And now?

You wait some more.

Like another 30 days. The way the new posting system for Japanese players works — passed over the objections of Tanaka’s Rakuten Golden Eagles team — once a player is posted, a 30-day free-for-all ensues. Any major league team can negotiate with him during a 30-day window, which will reportedly begin Thursday. Yes, it is possible he could reach an agreement with a club before the 30 days expires, but, come on, you expect another Christmas baseball miracle?

John Tomase (@jtomase) of the Boston Herald discusses the wounded lineup of the Boston Red Sox with the offseason subtraction of Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia and possibly Stephen Drew…

Barring a trade, the Red Sox have finished their offseason game of roster arithmetic, with subtraction being the operation of choice.

Gone are Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and for the time being, Stephen Drew. They probably will deal a starting pitcher before all is said and done, too.

In their places are rookies Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, as well as veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The high volume of signings that marked last offseason wasn’t necessary this time around.

Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) of the Baltimore Sun writes that the possibility of the Orioles using Tommy Hunter at closer is looking better by the day…

Don’t expect the Orioles to resolve their closer situation any time soon.

As the club tries to distance itself from the mess the situation with Grant Balfour created, the Orioles’ external search still seems to be focused on free-agent right-hander Fernando Rodney. Interest in Rodney has reportedly picked up, both in general and from the Orioles, but it appears that the sides are far apart.

The possibility of the Orioles opening spring training with Tommy Hunter as the team’s closer is becoming more real by the day. Once the team dealt 50-save closer Jim Johnson to Oakland, the club saw Hunter as a fallback option. But now he’s turning into much more of a possibility.


  1. Lynn N Mike Ruebeck says:

    The Yankees seem to have a more favorable play if they knew where it stood with A-Rod. Keep in mind, already hit with a 28 mill luxury tax bill. The only way to possibility get under that is for Arods suspension to hold. Who knows when that will be. Seems with any “major” moves, the arod situation holds them hostage to an extent….

    • msubobcatpatriot says:

      As big of a YANKEE fan as I am, this whole Arod mess needs to be put behind them. I am hoping for the suspension to loosen up a bunch of cash then they can jump on Tanaka with both feet.

    • A-Rod has nothing to do with this. and as for the luxury tax, this is one year why it shouldn’t matter. The reason:: “TANAKA”. They have pssd away more money on the likes of Pavano than what any luxury tax will cost them.

  2. Go Yankees all the way . Yankee pride