My 2011 baseball card of Masahiro Tanaka. Will he be in Mariner teal next year?

Masahiro Tanaka To The Mariners?


Here is a quick update in regards to the next big pitcher to come from overseas, Masahiro Tanaka. For those of you who have not been following this pitching machine, Tanaka just lost for the first time since August of 2012.

Tanaka is currently pitching in Japan for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Hisashi Iwakuma’s former ball club. Tanaka and the Golden Eagles clinched the 2013 title in the Nippon Series in Japan on Sunday.

Tanaka posted a 24-0 regular season record along with a 1.27 ERA, and just lost on Saturday for the first time in 30 decisions. Tanaka has been so good, the last time he lost was August of 2012!

Here is Tanaka’s stat line for Saturday’s loss:

9 IP, 4 ER, 12 Hits, 7 SO, 1 BB, 160 Pitches

Saturday was likely the last time that Masahiro starts a game in Japan as he should be heading across the globe to the MLB. There has been much excitement and anticipation as teams such as the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and (hopefully) the Seattle Mariners will look to pitch a bid to win Tanaka’s services next season.

Luckily for Mariners fans, Major League Baseball is close to a new posting system agreement, giving Japanese players a voice in the bidding process. This could be good news for the Mariners because it looks like we have somewhat of a long shot at bringing in Tanaka.

Hopefully the fact that Tanaka and Iwakuma were teammates for four years and that there are direct flights from SEATAC to Japan will persuade him to choose us over clubs like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

With how much attention this guy is getting, prepare to see figures compared to what the Texas Rangers had to cough up for Yu Darvish. Maybe our 720 billion dollar franchise will find a way to spare 50 million dollars to bring Tanaka to the Pacific Northwest.

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    Tanaka would be a great addition but lets not throw too much at him. By all accounts he is a great pitcher in Japan but not a staff ace caliber as Darvish.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      Some think he is better than, or as good as, Darvish. I think he definitely has ace upside.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        JJ ~ I would be interested to see any different perspectives than the ones I have come across. Do you have any links you might provide? I would love to check them out.

        • Sodo Mojo

          Matt Seto breaks down Tanaka’s upside and why the M’s should consider it in a post coming Wednesday morning (7am PST). Stay tuned and thanks for reading.

    • Dan Shearer

      I really feel like the Ms should be all in on Tanaka.. He is going to be good in this league. He has a nasty Split finger which will probably be as good if not better than iwakumas once he gets under control. I’m sure coming overseas playing in the majors will effect his nerves quite a bit. I can’t wait to see this guy face some real hitters.