Source: Adam Wells, CNN Bleacher Report
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?