Re: Tanaka favors Boston, New York, and Los Angeles
posted at 1/11/2014 8:16 PM EST
In response to Kingface12's comment:
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
while I think we both know it will be mostly about the money
I'm thinking the yanks have an edge in the player reference game
Not sure Kei Igawa or the "Fat Toad" Irabu feel the same way...
actually I read igawa had a great time in the states
gawd knows he got paid well
-whether it has merit or not
DiceK has some blame for the sox for not allowing him to due things his way
- both kuroda and superstar ichiro resigned with the present nyy team
- heard he was a big matsui fan
and perhaps the biggest player reference comes from an ex yankee
who was on tanaka's team last yr
what do U think king
I don't think that the 'player reference' thing is as big a deal nowadays. With such a large influx of Asian players, spread throughout MLB and through the minors..and more on the way, the Yankees are no longer the clear cut favorite as I think they were even 3-4 years ago. I think it's really leveled out. I think the only advantage that the Yanks MAY have is the fact that....well, it's New York City. There is more exposure and the possibility of more endorsements....however, even that is not what it once was with the HUGE expansion of social media and a billion different ways that MLB can now market their product and the several new TV deals out there.
As mentioned earlier, Tanaka is going to simply look for the best deal out there. I somehow doubt that a Kuroda and Ichiro, who really will not be playing with Tanaka for 85% of his contract, will have ANY effect on his decision.
With all of that said.........I think he signs with the Yankees. Their pitching top to bottom has potential to be one of the worst staffs in the East....if not the AL. Obviously that will change though as they simply will not stand pat. I expect them to sign 2 out of Garza, Tanaka, Santana, Jimenez......and I think a darkhorse could be Arroyo.....
I think the Stienbrenner's will still go to any extent to land the best players regardless of where the payroll ends up. The problem is it simply doesn't and hasn't worked since the the Yankees grabbed CC, AJ and Tex together. There are way too many teams with strong farms, better chemistry and less payroll these days that have wiggle room to compete without a ton of long term contracts tying them down.
The Dodgers are falling into the same trap. They have a HOF owner but from a completely different sport and just extended Mattingly who will probably never be a Tommy Lasorda championship calibar manager.