Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post listed the Phillies as the fourth most likely team to compete for Japanese phenom
Masahiro Tanaka. The Phillies would be competing with, among others, the New York Yankees, who are the favorite to land Tanaka.
I speculated that the only reason that the only reason that Sherman believed the Phillies could be a fit for Tanaka, is because the Phillies are a big-market team, that hypothetically could convince ownership to agree to increase the team’s budget, should they be able to lure Tanaka. Other than that, I saw no fit for Tanaka in Philly. Apparently I wasn’t the only one.
Former Fansided writer and current Philly.com staff writer Justin Klugh, broke down the Phillies interest in Tanaka’s services.
Tanaka is the best player left out there, and if Ruben Amaro wanted to start planning for the future, and maybe he should start planning for the future, but whatever, then maybe be more dogged in his pursuit. But he seems calm and confident in the 2014 Phillies for some reason, so chasing Tanaka in the midst of contenders like the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, and rebuilding projects with exciting youth (Cubs), and even money-flinging rich uncles (Mariners), would be unnatural. He wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t at least take a flyer, but Amaro more than likely won’t be putting together any intense wooing.
Klugh also questioned why Tanaka would be interested in coming to a team like the Phillies, who appear to be at a crossroads in terms of franchise direction.
It’s an interesting read, that really brings you to the conclusion that in just a few years Philadelphia has gone from being “baseball heaven” for players, to baseball purgatory.