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Is Tanaka a test?
Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:40 AM
I am also of the particular persuasion that the cubs prefer to only sign young players entering their prime as opposed to leaving their prime (of course). This situation is so rare that when combined with the "funds for the right player approach" it's easy to understand the low spending of late.
I am also also of the particular persuasion that the cubs biggest need and want is a front line starting pitcher. Sure, just about every MLB team can you use a front line starting pitcher, but it is no secret that the cubs already have 3 young, successful position players in Rizzo, Castro, and Castillo; as well as 4 and potentially 5 (alcantara) great young positional prospects.
So there are two primary ways the cubs can acquire a young, front line starter: trade or free agency. Trades are normally the only way you can acquire such a player, but the costs are extraordinary. So that leaves free agency.
Masahiro Tanaka is the 25 year old, front line starter, with a history of success entering both his prime years and free agency (to an extent). So the funds should just like, be there right ?
If there was no change to the bidding system, then I would understand the cubs missing out on the bid. If the dodgers and Yankees are involved, there's no guarantee that one of them won't go crazy and spend way over the top on the bid. BUT, if the bidding system changes to a max bid amount and that amount is somewhere in the reasonable range, I believe we can learn a lot about the cubs.
If there is a max bid amount, and both the Yankees and dodgers meet it, but the cubs don't, clearly the funds are not as available as the cubs have stated, right? Tanaka is a young pitcher that can be had for only money. If he isn't right for the cubs, who is?
Now, if let's say they win the bid but then get beat on the contract by the dodgers or Yankees that is a different story, but if there is a max bid allowed I sure do hope for all of our sake the cubs meet it.
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