If Ken Rosenthal is to be believed, the Tanaka sweepstakes is over, and he’s heading to New York.
Reports of what the Cubs were offering Tanaka were right in that ballpark, so either Tanaka had a hankering for the Yankees or the Cubs weren’t very persuasive in their pitch. I guess Doc was right all along.
(Julie): I hate everything right now. Per Dave Kaplan, the Cubs not being ready to win was, in the end, the decision-maker for Tanaka. Um, I hate to tell you this, dude, but I’m not so sure the Yankees are “ready to win,” either. I’m not so mad that the Yankees got him, because, let’s be honest, that was the most likely scenario all along, but that people in NYC and LA will chalk this up, once again, to “why would anyone want to go to Chicago? It’s not even on a coast!” So yes, I have all kinds of baggage with this decision and now I hate Japan. So.
Also, Paul Maholm is still in play!