How Masahiro Tanaka Will Impact Dodgers Pitching

Source: Adam Wells, CNN Bleacher Report

Masahiro TanakaIf history is any indication, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to push hard for another international star to get them over the hump in the National League: Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

As Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times pondered in a recent article, the Dodgers and Tanaka would appear to be a perfect match given the team’s recent history of big-money signings, finding success with the likes of Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu and based on the recent $28 million expenditure for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero.

The Dodgers have been unusually open in their interest in signing Tanaka. At that infamous season wrap-up press conference, General Manager Ned Colletti was asked about the team’s interest.

“We’ve scouted him a lot, we’re very much aware of him,” said Colletti. “We saw him as recently as two days ago.”

While the bidding process will be a story of its own, Tanaka’s potential and upside are what we want to focus on. Specifically, what will the soon-to-be 25-year-old will do for the Dodgers’ starting rotation?