LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.---On the heels of signing
The Dodgers and
The Dodgers are interested in Tanaka, but not with the win-at-all-costs mentality that marked their pursuit of Hyun-jin
And, according to the New York Post, the Yankees "have have become more dubious that they will pursue Masahiro Tanaka."
Japanese baseball officials have yet to sign an agreement with
But the Mariners -- with ownership ties to Japan, a successful history of signing Japanese players, and apparent cash to burn -- could see Tanaka as the perfect complement to Cano.
Mariners General Manager
"We're open to a lot of things," Zduriencik said.
Including the addition of an ace pitcher?
“We’ll see what happens. We have two of them,” he said, referring to
The Mariners, like the Dodgers, are believed to have inquired about
"We think the guy has the ability to be a front-line starter," Zduriencik said. "I expect Taijuan to be with us."
That too could change, but signing Tanaka would enable the Mariners to add an ace without surrendering prospects -- and instead to use prospects in a trade for an outfielder, perhaps the Dodgers’
The Mariners went 71-91 last season, finishing fourth in the