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Tanaka’s Contract Status Quo

In more No  News, Cashman stating there are no extension talks in the works  for Tanaka who  can opt out of his contract at  the end of this season…

“Hopefully he has a great year and he’ll have a decision to make,” Cashman said, “but if he doesn’t, then he won’t.”

Despite Mikey 2 Chins losing his marbles over Cashman not trading Tanaka Now, before he opts out and the Yanks get nothing for him, Cashman  holding to  the contract in January is a no brainer move..

First off Tanaka isn’t Chris Sale, working on a 3 yr  $37.5M contract,  he’s a 1 year  rental with  a suspect right elbow and if the elbow breaks down, a team is on the hook for 4 yr’s $90M, so the return won’t be as hefty as Moncada / Kopech..

Trading Tanaka now ends the Bombers 2017 season, rendering the Holliday / Chapman acquisitions senseless, and no  way  does Hal  enter 2017 without a Fab Faux Playoff Run as the Bomber’s M.O.

What  to  expect in return for a Tanaka rental, I’ll use two David Price deadline trades as a compare

The Detroit Tigers have acquired left-hander David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays before the trade deadline, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is a three-way trade including the Seattle Mariners, who are receiving outfielder Austin Jackson, according to Bob Dutton. The Rays are reportedly receiving lefty Drew Smyly and 18-year-old shortstop prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers, as well as infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners, according to Jon Heyman.

Price, the AL Cy Young winner in 2012, joined a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander (the 2011 AL Cy Young winner), Max Scherzer (the 2013 AL Cy Young winner), Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello. The Tigers are the first team with three pitchers on the staff who all have won Cy Young Awards over the previous three seasons

Unfortunately Dombrowski never addressed the bullpen and the Tigers, despite an All Star rotation lost 3 straight to  the Orioles in the 2014 ALDS

Dombrowski traded Price at  the deadline to  a desperate Toronto GM Alex the Greek

Tigers trade David Price to Blue Jays. The Detroit Tigers have traded left-hander David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays for left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt, the teams announced Thursday. Price is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA this season. He will be a free agent after the season.

Norris, 22, was Toronto’s No. 2 pick in 2011 and made his major league debut in late 2014.. He pitched in 14 games in 2016, 13 starts, 3.38 ERA, could be a good one, while Labourt and Boyd

Labourt, 21, signed with the Blue Jays for $350,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2011. He has 276 strikeouts in 291 1/3 professional innings. His stats look pretty good!

Boyd, 24, was selected by Toronto in the 16th round of the 2013 draft out of Oregon State. He went 15-12 with a 2.50 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 270 innings in the Blue Jays’ minor league system. Toronto called him up in late June and he went 0-2 with a 14.85 ERA in two starts. Boyd profiles as a back of the rotation  25 yr old…

M2C’s article targets the Astros as a potential  trading partner for Tanaka…

I’d flip Tanaka at the deadline  for a Daniel Norris type prospect as the feature… Throw in another potential live arm BP piece, and possibly some young infield depth..

Cashman  can  always resign Tanaka as a FA, or maybe they’ve had enough of Tanaka’s potential elbow implosion, and set their sights on Shohei Otani

Unless Cashman  starts to  develop some future top of the rotation pitchers, the cost of securing an Ace will be a gaudy Price tag


Written by Sal

January 13, 2017 at 6:49 am

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  1. If Tanaka does stay healthy he’s a bargain at $23M, if you compare him to Price, Scherzer, and Greinke…All plus $30M hurlers

    Cashman is being allowed to sort of do business as it’s trending as opposed to the Yanks having their stubborn old school mentality of playing out contracts, / never surrendering

    That indicates too me, they might have concerns for the elbow, how do you not try to offer up a 27 yr old Ace a 5 yr $160M extension, unless the medicals are suspect?


    January 13, 2017 at 6:55 am

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