Apr 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore during batting practice before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Trade Rumors: Royals May Be Involved in Masahiro Tanaka Bidding

So much for the idea that the Royals may be at their payroll limit. In a brief, one-liner throw-in from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Royals may be among the teams that will make a push to sign Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. Seriously.

The Yankees, Cubs, Rangers, and Dodgers should be the most aggressive [to sign Tanaka]. The Angels, Phillies, Royals, and Blue Jays will get into it. Tanaka is going to get the highest contract ever given to a Japanese pitcher.

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The Angels, Phillies, Royals, and Blue Jays will get into it.

By no means does this mean the Royals are a front-runner for Tanaka, nor does it mean they have the money to outbid MLB’s highest payroll teams. But it appears they are going to at least try, which is incredibly encouraging.

In case you don’t know who Tanaka is, he’s Japans “next” Yu Darvish. Last season he was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 27 starts with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, and just turned 25-years-0ld this past November. He hasn’t had an ERA over 2.50 since 2008 and has had a WHIP over 1.113 just once since 2009. Crazy, crazy numbers.

Given his success in Japan, it is not a surprise there has been so much attention given to him around baseball. Tanaka is the main reason why there has been little movement on the top free agent pitchers on the market – Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana – or in trades – David Price.

Signing Tanaka is a pipe dream for the Royals, but at least they appear willing to jump down the rabbit hole. Who knows, maybe the pipe dream comes true and the Royals come out with the top of the rotation starter they need for 2014. You never know, which is why it is good to hear the Royals are at least trying.

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  • Royals_Fan

    If the Royals sign Tanaka I will be shocked. The Yankees are going to throw an absurd amount of money at him and he will go there. If we steal two of three, Infante and Tanaka, from the Yankees this off season I think I can speak for every Royals fan and say the year is already a success! Tanaka would improve the starting rotation and I’d say give us one of the best rotations in the AL. But…I feel like winning the lottery is more probable then signing Tanaka to a contract that’s over $100M.

  • jimfetterolf

    Doubt the Royals sign him or even want him, but it doesn’t cost anything to negotiate and will help push other foolish teams into breaking the bank to sign him, force someone to come up with a pre-emptive bid like Seattle did with Cano, go so completely over the top as to guarantee the signing while crippling the franchise for a decade. Wouldn’t mind seeing Detroit or the Yankees have to go 10/200 to sign Tanaka. He’ld be a nice bookend for A-Rod.

  • Brian J.

    PR move at best. Moore knows he does not have a realistic shot at Tanaka.

  • Christian camlin

    This is the kind of guy every team should want.He won;t go 24-0 in the majors but he does not have to .unless he signs with The Padres.I do not expect the Royals have much of a shot unless Tanaka does his homework and has studied the teams he can pitch for.If so he may see that a Catcher like Perez could significantly improve his ERA .But I suspect he simply wants to be paid well by a team that will have a shot at winning it all every year.

  • Harry Palms

    im getting into talks with Jennifer Aniston for a date.

  • didymus39

    Never gonna happen. This is just a rumor made up by the writer to have something to talk about.