Remember when the New York Yankees spent $20 million to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka? Remember when they made him the fourth highest paid starting pitcher in the game when they gave him a $155 million deal? It wasn't that long ago. You should.
OK, well now, get a load of this.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman is now telling local media that he expects Tanaka has "the potential" to be "a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter," according to ESPN.
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So maybe that's why Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers never seriously got involved with Tanaka after scouting him for years. It's absolutely crazy to spend that much money on a guy you don't see being an ace, or at worst, a very good No. 2 pitcher. The Yankees have CC Sabathia coming off one of the worst years of his career, an aging Hiroki Kuroda and a yet-to-pan-out Ivan Nova. To think Tanaka wouldn't be seen as at least a No. 2 out of that group, something is seriously wrong.
And just remember this, folks. Tanaka's countryman, Yu Darvish, is in the middle of a six-year, $56 million deal and is coming off a second-place finish in the AL Cy Young running.