The Red Sox are the only big market team not considering a bid for Masahiro Tanaka, but they should possibly consider it, John Tomase of the Boston Herald writes, citing the 25-year-old's talent. Tomase says that Tanaka is just a step below Yu Darvish, who was the last big name Japanese import. And Daiskue Matsuzaka was the last big money Japanese import before him.
I don't think there is any question Tanaka has the talent, but do the Red Sox really need him? My verdict would be a resounding no. One, they've got 6 starters under contract as of now, and the farm system is really strong as far as pitching goes. Plus, the Red Sox can't pay out his salary and stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, so unless they are planning to get rid of some of their salary to make room for this guy, then it's unlikely the Red Sox make a serious move for him. Also, remember Daiskue? Yeah, exactly. He had the one decent year in 2007 when we won it all, but fell off after that. So, it might not be a great idea to go after this guy, given our recent history with big $$$ Japanese imports.
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