Masahiro Tanaka not off the Red Sox radar
Amid speculation that the Yankees, Cubs, and Dodgers are the most likely bidders for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the Globe's Nick Carfardo says that the Red Sox could be interested in the pitcher who went 24-0 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles this past year, according to a prominent agent that wished to remain nameless.
Cafardo reports that the posting fee just to talk with the starter could be anywhere from $50-$70 million, followed by a contract of $50-$60 million; in hindsight the Red Sox paid over $50 million simply to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.
There is worry though, however, in some offices about the amount of work Tanaka has been subjected to over the past few years, according the the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. Tanaka has been used extensively by the Golden Eagles, including this postseason, when he threw a 160 pitch game and then threw 15 pitches the next night to get a save.
The Yankees are currently believed to be the most aggressive team in trying to secure a posting fee to negotiate with Tanaka.