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1 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:20 am

Let's just hope he's closer to Kuroda than Igawa or Irabu.

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:29 am

excellent! can't wait for the season to start

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:30 am
4 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:30 am

Given the hype, the parallel I'm worried about is Dice-K. I'll take a long-burning, workmanlike Kuroda scenario over any of those flameouts.

Anyhow, spring feels a lot closer!

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:32 am

If they can get something out of Pineda that would be fantastic.

6 rbj   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:33 am

Hot damn

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:34 am

I hope we see a headline like: Tanaka Rockas da Sockas.

(and not the other way around)

8 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:42 am

Thank goodness for the opt-out after four.

[7] Please don't feed the bears >;)

9 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:54 am

Waka Waka. Welcome aboard Tanaka. Here's to not sucking. ; )

10 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:56 am

[1] Would asking for Darvish-like be too much? Very happy, and it takes some of the sting of Robinson-less away.

11 RagingTartabull   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:00 am

can we all agree that the team should at least be GOOD now??

12 Greg G   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:08 am

Now they can get Scherzer next season blowing way past the 189 mil threshold.

I wonder if this will be Jeter's last season? If they could have a contending team and go out is style, that would be great. I couldn't see Jeter retiring on a team like last years. If Mo hadn't announced his retirement and done the "tour" he might have pitched 1 more season too.

Tanaka's the type of guy to throw the ball until the last out and they could use that with CC hopefully rebounding and getting more of the 1st half of last season of Kuroda and less of the 2nd half. I think Kuroda will also help him get used to the bigs.

Great news!

13 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:15 am

11) still a few question marks especially around the infield but overall I think they've improved this winter. they should be back in the hunt.

14 BobbyB   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:18 am

[11] They should be a lot better than last year. at least on paper.

15 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:21 am

Interesting. I'm a bit surprised. And of course, I am always pessimistic. But interesting.

16 MSM35   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:29 am

Never in doubt. In Japan the brand matters.

17 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:37 am

(I can't believe Branden Arroyo is still pitching.)

18 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:51 am

[11] I think they could be good.

But the 1B and SS situations are far from certain. Without contributions there, this infield has got be among the worst in all of baseball. And the bullpen is currently that of a non-contender.

So I am not that confident they will be good.

19 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 22, 2014 11:57 am

[18] The off-season's not over though; now that they have Tanaka and have laid the $189 million threshold to ruin, the bullpen is likely the next and last order of business before Spring.

20 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 12:03 pm

[18] I'm ever the pessimist, and I think they'll be pretty bad...or at least pretty not good. I love me some Jeter as much as the next guy, but he is probably cooked and if not, at best he may give slightly above replacement level at SS (maybe some BA with no power, bad defense). Teixeira is already in decline and coming off a wrist injury. They lose Cano at 2B and have basically no one to play 3B. I think CC is cooked. I think Pineda is unlikely to contribute anything ever. I think Tanaka will not be as good as hoped (but he will probably be good...just not crazy good).

That's a lot of holes all over the place. Plus, they are relying on everything else going really right (Kuroda, whom I love, coming back and being effective at his age, Beltran continuing to be very good at his age, Gardner continuing to be very good and not getting hurt).

21 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Jan 22, 2014 12:35 pm

To all of those pessimists above (and you know who you are): it's freezing cold, there's ice and snow all over, but the sun came out. And it's less than a month until pitchers and catchers report. Can we have 24 hours of hope?

(and did you see that photo of CC in the tux yesterday? He looks in unbelievable shape. And Jete's taking ground balls. And A*rod is gone for the year. Cheer up!)

22 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 1:51 pm

21) werd, man! The Yankees just landed a 25 year old stud pitcher from Japan. That should be good for at least 24 hours of good vibes around here. I think Cashman and the Steinbrothers did a great job this winter. This team could turn out to be very very good, even without Robbie Cano.

23 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 1:51 pm

[21] CC in the BSOHC, huh? I'm brimming with confidence!

; )

24 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 1:53 pm

[22] Well, two years ago they landed a 21 y.o. stud pitcher from Seattle and that got them...

25 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 2:06 pm

24) there was reason to be leary of Pineda when he arrived here. Just based on the fact that the Mariners traded him for the unproven, and physically questionable (for his position) Montero made me, and others suspicious. But still, most fans were very excited about his arrival. As they should be about Tanaka.
I think we can feel more secure about Tanaka at this point. He's older, and therefore more proven than Pineda.
The Yankees scouted him thoroughly. Having been burned by Igawa, and Irabu, they went to school on Tanaka. Of course there's no guarantee he won't get hurt at some point, but if he immediately breaks down it will be shocking. I don't recall being surprised at all when Pineda broke down. At the time of that trade, there was more reason to suspect the Yanks might have acquired damaged goods.

26 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 2:10 pm

basically, the Pineda-Montero deal was a prospect swap. Tanaka is a much safer bet, though far more risky financially.

27 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 2:30 pm

[26] I'm actually confident he'll be good, not a disaster. But I am not at all confident he will be very good or great (i.e., that he will come close to living up to his contract). He might be Darvish, or even Kuroda...or he might Dice-K. We'll have to see how he translates to MLB.

28 Dillon   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Hoping for Kurodarvish instead of Daisukeigawa.

29 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Of course, when he hits a home run in inter league play, John will be be yelling "what a knocka by Tanaka"

30 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:15 pm

How much did the other teams offer him? It's not like the Yanks were the only team willing to overpay for him. LA just paid twice as much for their ace and would have paid him $300 mil if he felt comfortable enough to take it. The market is not set by the Yankees anymore, but they can still afford to play in it and always get killed for doing so.

I wish somoene would open up YES to make it a true all around sports network and not just a repository for team details. ESPN needs a real run for their money.

31 Simone   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:19 pm

I hope this guy is good.

32 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:28 pm

30) I read in a couple places (mlb.com, and NY Daily News) that another team (the Cubs?) offered more than the Yanks.

33 Sliced Bread   ~  Jan 22, 2014 3:57 pm

The Daily News was reporting earlier: "The Cubs apparently offered an eight-year contract worth $24-25 million, the source said."
But that line is no longer in their updated online story, so I wouldn't bank on it.

34 RIYank   ~  Jan 22, 2014 6:11 pm

Wow, this is great!
I just got back into the country and hadn't heard anything about it. What good news.


35 Evil Empire   ~  Jan 22, 2014 7:42 pm

I understand that Tanaka throws a mysterious gyro-ball. We should start a Haiku contest in his honor.

36 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 8:01 pm

[35] GYROBALL!!!

37 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jan 22, 2014 9:30 pm

[35] I wish he threw a Gyroball but sadly he's pretty straightforward pitcher. Don't expect the heights of Darvish and all will be well. He's solid and a workhorse.

38 monkeypants   ~  Jan 22, 2014 10:10 pm

[37] There could only ever be one GYROBALL!!!

39 RIYank   ~  Jan 23, 2014 7:03 am

[38] At most!

40 The Hawk   ~  Jan 23, 2014 8:38 am

[30] I wouldn't compare Kershaw and Tanaka though, for obvious reasons.

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