A lot of people might be upset that the Phillies didn’t make an effort to go after Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The reason why they didn’t make a run at him is because they simply don’t have the kind of money the Yankees have. The Yankees can afford to take a risk on a pitcher that went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese League last season. The Phillies can’t. If they could I’m sure they would, but shelling out $155 million over seven years seems silly.
Masahiro Tanaka might have a near perfect record in the Japanese League, but he is unproven in the MLB. He hasn’t thrown a single pitch! Not one! Of course his record shows he definitely has the potential to get it done, but you never know how his play will transfer over. The Yankees have an obscene payroll, so they have no problem bringing in what could be an ace to help shape their bullpen.
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