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The deadline for Masahiro Tanaka to signal with an MLB team is three weeks from today. The competition for his companies will be fierce, however one staff you possibly can count out of the race is the Red Sox. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe says that whereas Boston is impressed with the righty, they are not anticipated to pursue him.
The Red Sox are one of the few teams in baseball with six starters for five spots: Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster. There has been speculation that when Tanaka, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza and Ervin Santana are off the market, the Sox will look to flip one among their spare starters for a young player, possibly somebody who can play the left aspect of the infield. Lackey and Peavy have been mentioned because the almost definitely to relocate.
Of course, pitching depth has a manner of disappearing in a short time. Lester threw a profession high 248 innings last season (common season plus playoffs) whereas Lackey threw 215 1/3 complete innings one 12 months after having Tommy John surgery. Dempster has plenty of expertise pitching out of the bullpen in his profession and the membership might preserve him around as a swingman/spot starter simply to guard themselves in case one of the prime 5 break down.
The Red Sox have some younger arms on the way in which, specifically Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo, however younger pitchers have a means of disappointing. Lester, Dempster, Peavy and Lackey will probably be free agents after 2014, although Lackey and Peavy have membership options for 2015. Even if the options are picked up, that is a variety of quickly-to-be open rotation spots, considered one of which the 25-yr-previous Tanaka could fill. He’d blend into the again of the rotation in 2014 earlier than taking on some extra duty in the future.
The defending World Sequence champions have had a comparatively quiet winter, and in reality you can also make a pretty strong case they are a worse crew proper now than they have been within the Fall Classic. Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are gone, changed by prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and A.J. Pierzynski. Except they re-signal Stephen Drew and let Xander Bogaerts exchange Will Middlebrooks at third, I’m undecided the place the workforce would count on to see improved performance in 2014.
The Mariners, Yankees, Cubs and Dodgers are viewed because the almost definitely suitors for Tanaka. His contract is anticipated to be north of six years and $one hundred million, plus an additional $20 million have to be paid to his former group, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.