Quick Hit: Why The Blue Jays Should Consider Tanaka

Posted on Jan 14 2014 - 7:08pm by Thomas

If you are a Blue Jays fan, Masahiro Tanaka is a name you should be very excited about.

The 25-year-old Japanese pitcher posted a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese league last season. In any league that is not only respectable, it’s complete domination.

Yu Darvish had a 14-6 record with a 1.44 ERA the year before he entered the Major Leagues, and look what he has done in his time with the Rangers since: he’s posted a 29–18 record with a 3.34 ERA. As with Darvish, Tanaka will be a major asset to whatever team signs him.

The Blue Jays have reportedly been in the hunt for starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, but those two will only apply some depth to an already average Blue Jays rotation. What the Blue Jays really need is an ace like pitcher heading into 2014, and Tanaka can bring that presence to the team.

A rotation with Dickey, Buehrle and (a hopefully healthy) Morrow will not do it if the Jays want to be a contending team in 2014. On the other hand, a rotation with Tanaka, Dickey, Buehrle, Morrow (and maybe Santana) will bring a new edge to the already exciting A.L. East. With the Yankees’s and Red Sox’s rotations aging and becoming more predictable, Toronto could finally become one of the top starting rotations in the Majors.

Lets face it Jays fans, we want to win and we want to win now! We’re tired of being bottom feeders to teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. Tanaka will only super charge one of those teams if we don’t sign him now. The Dodgers are irrevocably going to try to get him, but if they do they can’t afford Clayton Kershaw. So this is our time to make one of the biggest splashes we could in the 2014 offseason.

If we look at what our 1992 and 1993 World Series teams looked like, we weren’t full of superstars — we were made of guys who loved the game, but in this day of age we need to have a healthy mix of superstars and guys who love the game. Personally, I think Tanaka would fit in well with a mix of the young and old guys on this Jays roster.


A Blue Jays lover. Knows a lot of stats and loves baseball in general.

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. clutchfries
    clutchfries January 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm -

    Maybe Santana? That’s like a 75 million dollar 2014 rotation.

    • Thomas
      Thomas January 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm -

      Santana could be inconsistent in a ballpark like Rogers Centre. I’m saying that if we get Tanaka and possibly sign Santana we will be probably one of the best rotations in the AL East if not all the league. With our payroll near the 120 million mark but the Yankees and Red Sox over 200 million adding Tanaka and Santana would be in the best interest to the Jays

  2. clutchfries
    clutchfries January 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm -

    Im sure it would. Id be excited to see it. But Im pretty sure it would also make the BlueJays 2014 starting rotation the highest paid in all baseball.

    • Erik
      Erik January 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm -

      If they were able to get Tanaka, that would be it.. no room for him +Santana or anyone else.

      • clutchfries
        clutchfries January 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm -

        I agree completely

  3. Erik
    Erik January 15, 2014 at 11:57 pm -

    From http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/01/gammons-on-top-starters-shields-blue-jays-drew-polanco.html

    After disappointing returns on some of their major pitching acquisitions last year, the Blue Jays are not going to engage in any bidding wars for starting pitching, Gammons says. The club will instead “build on youth and rehabs,” and will only jump into the mix for arms like Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez if they “fall down to [Toronto].”

    If that’s on the level, the Blue Jays aren’t looking to sign anyone… no Santana, Garza, Jimenez and especially no Tanaka.

  4. Luke Casaletto
    casaletto2 January 16, 2014 at 7:43 am -

    It’s hard to compare Tanaka to Darvish. They are not the same pitchers. Tanaka is more of a stylish pitcher while Darvish is overpowering. Yes we want to win but overspending every off-season isn’t necessarily the right path to take…. it didn’t work last year…

    And if the Jays did sign Tanaka, which they most likely will not considering teams like Arizona, Los Angeles, and the Yankees are all front runners, they would not go after Santana as well.

    Yeah Tanaka is intriguing but he said himself he wants a chance to win a World Series and right now the Blue Jays don’t fit that pedigree.

  5. Luke Casaletto
    casaletto2 January 16, 2014 at 7:44 am -

    I myself wrote on here that the Blue Jays may be wise to stay away from Santana and Jimenez all together…. a big free agent isn’t always the best way to go just because that means they are spending money. Both have red flags.

  6. Erik
    Erik January 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm -

    Very true, all we have to do is look at our last offseason to know that there is no point in spending if you don’t do it on the right people. Maybe they should look within, work that weighted ball program, and start creating good pitching that you have, cheap, for 6 years instead of paying for aging, declining pitchers.

  7. clutchfries
    clutchfries January 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm -

    I wanted to see Santana. After reading that I still think we might be in play for a guy like Garza but. Looks like a rotation of dickey, buehrle, morrow, happ, and Hutchison?… Unless Romero can figure it out.

    • Thomas
      Thomas January 21, 2014 at 11:16 am -

      I am saying that Romero if he does figure it out will spend at least the entire season in my minors. I say this because he hasn’t proven that he can pitch at a major league level since the 2011 season. What I personally would like to see is Roy Halladay work with Romero to figure out what he is doing wrong.

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