Cubs Friday: Tanaka Fever peaking just in time for Cubs Con

While millions of Cubs fans prepare for the lap-sitting, smiling, happy-good-time feelings of the Cubs Convention, the front office and Rick Renteria have been meeting with Masahiro Tanaka. While the outcome of any Tanaka contract negotiations is still up in the air, Renteria is preparing himself for the opportunity to have Tanaka be the next Cubs ace.The-Rosetta-Stone

“I actually ordered Rosetta Stone, the Japanese version,” Renteria said.

The Cubs do have pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa on the roster. Is Renteria that confident the team will sign Tanaka that he’s going to learn to speak Japanese?

“I’m going to be prepared if it does [happen],” Renteria said. “I’m going to try to learn a little Japanese and if it happens, good for us, and if not, there are a lot of Japanese players who are quality players who could come through the organization at some point in time and I hope I’m able to at least say ‘Hello,’ ‘Good night,’ and ‘Can I do anything for you?’”

I hope he manages to learn more than three phrases. Rosetta Stone costs $180. So how did the Cubs pitch their organization to Tanaka?

“The points to [Tanaka] were that we’re a club on the upside,” Renteria said. “We’re a club that has a lot of talent besides the guys who we have here presently, and that the organization has quality players coming up who will significantly impact the organization.”

Renteria went on to give us a bit more information on what to expect from him and the team this season.

“I think no one should enter into any season thinking they’re going to be the one that everybody is going to stomp on,” Renteria said. “I don’t take that attitude, I’m not going to take that attitude, my players are not going to take that attitude.

“When we go out there, we’re going out there to win a ballgame,” he said. “That means executing, that means being prepared, that means actually going in there and believing they can win a ballgame. That’s the result. We have to go in there and take care of nine innings of baseball, and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played, and at the end of the day, we’ll figure out who will be on top.”

I feel like we’ve heard a lot of that talk recently. We’ll see if it happens.

14 thoughts on “Cubs Friday: Tanaka Fever peaking just in time for Cubs Con

  1. Drew says:

    I hope he didn’t just jinx it. He wouldn’t have said that without permission, right?

  2. juliedicaro says:

    Carl omitted the info I tweeted last night (ahem, Carl), in which a source told me the Cubs “have scouted Tanaka to death,” and are “all in.” He called the Cubs “major players” for Tanaka and said ‘At this point, IO’d be kinda surprised if they didn’t get him.’

  3. Doc Blume says:

    At this point, I’m sure all the offers he gets are going to be close to equal between the Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees…I just don’t see him picking Chicago over either of those two other teams.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    But your reasoning is “He wants to be closer to Japan, so he’ll pick the Dodgers.” That’s ridiculous. Maybe he hates Japan and wants to be as far away from it as possible, but not as far as New York.

  5. johnnywest333 says:


  6. juliedicaro says:

    I heard Renteria on the radio yesterday, and I liked him. He reminds me a fun, young grandpa.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs have avoided arbitration with Luis Valbuena. The deal is 1-year for $1.7M.

  8. juliedicaro says:

    And Nate Schierholtz, who gets 1-year and $5 M.

  9. Doc Blume says:

    Looks like the Cubs and Barney will not be coming to an agreement today…it will be interesting to see the dollar amount that Barney thinks he deserves.

  10. juliedicaro says:

    James Russell signed. I think I saw $1.77M? Help a girl out.

  11. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Russell got $1.775 miilion per…

  12. Doc Blume says:

    Sounds like they split the difference between swapped numbers…so it should be in that neighborhood.

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