According to George A King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are expected to make a serious bid for Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Starting pitching is a huge priority for the Yankees with Andy Pettitte retiring, CC Sabathia looking old, Hiroki Kuroda‘s future being unkown and Michael Pineda‘s health being unknown. Right now the only pitchers that you can pencil into the rotation are Sabathia and Ivan Nova.
Tanaka could be the top of the rotation pitcher that the Yankees are looking for. He went 23-0 with a 1.23 ERA in the Pacific League this season. He is not eligible for free agency, so he will go through the posting process that cannot begin until at least Nov. 1.
The Rangers’ bid for Yu Darvish was $60 million, so you can expect the winning bid for Tanaka to be around the same range. The bid does not go against the luxury tax for the Yankees, which is a huge plus for them in their pursuit of Tanaka.…