Throughout the offseason, the New York Yankees have been talking about being frugal — at least being frugal when it comes to the way the Yankees spend money when they bring in big free agents. They planned on staying underneath the $189 million payroll necessary in order to not pay luxury tax. However, with Masahiro Tanaka now being posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Yankees have to abandon that financial plan and make a strong push for Tanaka.
The Yankees have to make a big play for Tanaka because they frankly do not have a choice in the matter. Tanaka being posted was exactly what the Yankees needed, and now they have to follow through and sign him to pitch in the Bronx. They cannot lose him to another team that will inevitably make a big offer for Tanaka. The Yankees seriously need to upgrade their starting rotation, and Tanaka could be the answer. There is risk in signing him since he has not pitched one inning for a Major League team in the United States, but the Yankees need to be aggressive, show the fans they will not let a big name slip away from them, and sign Tanaka even if they have to pay more than they would like for Tanaka to be in pinstripes.
There isn’t any guarantee the Yankees will get Tanaka since the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and probably several other teams will post the $20 million to negotiate with him, but the Yankees have to try their best to — to paraphrase Don Corleone — make him an offer he can’t refuse.