The sweepstakes for Masahiro Tanaka is getting more and more intense by the day, but as it gets more intense the more the Detroit Tigers should realize that they cannot afford to spend upwards of $100 million on a pitcher who has never pitched in the Major Leagues. That isn’t to say that foreign pitchers can’t be superstars as Yu Darvish has proven, but the Tigers really just don’t have the money or the type of room for error that would warrant being serious bidders in the Tanaka sweepstakes.
It is one of those cases where if you go out and get him you feel like he will be a bust, but if he goes to another serious contender he will haunt you for the rest of your days on earth. With the loss of Doug Fister the rotation could use another big time pitcher, but it is not a necessity. Teams are overspending already just in the rumored amounts that are willing to be dropped for Tanaka, and if you are going to spend $100 million you may as well pick a position where the Tigers aren’t already relatively stable and successful.
Let other teams overspend and get caught up in the hoopla because when the dust settles the Tigers will still be in a position of contention without mortgaging their entire future along with it. There will be many more Tanakas in the future, and it is best if the Tigers let this bus roll through and catch the next one that comes into town.