The phrase "into Tanakas" is an obscure reference to the film "Weird Science"...sorry for my pop culture randomness
A few winters ago, when I was still a BN virgin, I wrote one of my first pieces on the message board about how small of a market there was for one Alfonso Soriano. Fans were screaming, "you gotta trade this guy now!"...and the purpose of my writing was to note how little of a chance there was at that time. (Brett linked it to the main page, I swooned, and then came up with the crazy notion that I could do this writing stuff)
Now, as Tanaka-madness descends on BN, and all other Cubs' related asylums, I decided to dig deeper into this. It's really simple to just say "they won't be outbid"(positively) or "they have no chance" (negatively). I decided to research the topic a bit by looking at the big contenders revenues, salaries, operating income, money coming off the books, etc. So depending on the interest from the BN reader, I plan on looking at some of the teams who hope to be "into Tanakas". Brett has accurately stated that the Cubs could do their absolute best in this and not even come close...because "there will be blood" when it comes to competing for this guy.
My first team I am going to profile is the Boston Red Sox. Not many pundits are putting them in the conversation, but I just have a hunch that they could swoop in and get involved. Here are my reasons:
1. According to Forbes magazine, the Red Sox posted the 2nd highest revenues in baseball last year(Yankees were 1st)...and they were 2nd by a wide margin...almost 70 million ahead of the next team and a 100m ahead of most teams.
2. After 2014, they will have 90 million dollars coming off the books. No, that's not a misprint...90!
3. The Red Sox have one of the best farm systems in baseball, thus they can project that they would be able to surround Tanaka with some very good, yet cheap, talent. The Yankees do NOT have this luxury.
4. Yes most of us get tired of the "East coast bias" in coverage, but the Yankees and Red Sox really are like Cold War foes(not sure who is U.S. and who is the Soviets?) I can't see the Sawx standing by and just letting the Yanks get this guy without a fight.
5. Although the BoSox had poor luck with Dice-K, they still won a World Series with him. The notion that they will sit out because of their past experiences seem silly to me...while most scouts do not put Tanaka on equal footing with Darvish....he's in the discussion. I think the Sawx will look to that more than a Japanese pitcher they signed 10 years ago.
feel free to rip my analysis to shreds...