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.

Thomas

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

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11 Comments on "Quick Hit: Why The Blue Jays Should Consider Tanaka"


clutchfries
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1 year 7 months ago

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.

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1 year 7 months ago

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.

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1 year 7 months ago

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.

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1 year 7 months ago

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.

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1 year 7 months ago

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.

clutchfries
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1 year 7 months ago

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.

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1 year 7 months ago

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

clutchfries
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1 year 7 months ago

I agree completely

clutchfries
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1 year 7 months ago

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