Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yankees Interested In Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka is the 24 year old right handed starting pitcher currently pitching for the Japanese League team Rakuten Golden Eagles that is set to be posted after the 2013 season. The Yankees have stayed away from Japanese League pitching for the most part since the Kei Igawa and Hideki Irabu fiascoes but maybe the emergence of Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda can change their mind a little because he is pitching well in the Japanese League. He has missed some time over his young career with shoulder inflammation and shoulder strains but has put up a 1.57 with a 9 K/9 rate since the beginning of the 2012 season. There are obvious concerns with his health, whether his stuff can translate to the majors, mechanics, etc but the Yankees have to strike gold with a Japanese pitcher eventually, no?

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