Friday, December 27, 2013

Sox Should Pursue Tanaka For Many Reasons

(Photo: KYODO)
Now that Masahiro Tanaka has been set free by the Rakuten Golden Eagles, the question comes as to whether the Red Sox should pursue him. In 2006, Boston shelled out a total of $103 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka. And, while he was frustrating to watch in his final years, he did contribute  mightily to the 2007 World Series Championship. Was it worth $103 big ones for one ring? It's hard to say 'no' to that one. For this reason—and many others—Boston should enter the bidding for Tanaka. While the team's starting pitching depth is impressive, we all know how quickly that cushion can evaporate. Jon Lester is coming up on an extension decision, John Lackey is not getting any younger and Clay Buchholz is still "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" (with apologies to Sir Winston Churchill). Moreover, all the kids on the farm who have 'limitless potential', are crapshoots at best. Lastly, anything Ben Cherington can do to drive up Tanaka's price for The Evil Ones, Dodgers, Angels or Rangers is a good thing. So, we say, go for it! Bring in a 25-year old who might make it a little easier to get one or two more rings. Hey, it's not our money—at least until season ticket money is due.