There's still no update on when the new posting rules between MLB and NPB will be agreed upon and put into place, but that hasn't slowed down the Masahiro Tanaka rumor mill.
In an article for Yahoo! Sports yesterday, Jeff Passan reported that the Yankees are "going to be bold" when the time comes to submit the posting bids for Tanaka. Passan cited an unnamed source with knowledge of the Yankees' strategy, and while the information from those type of sources always has to be taken with a grain of salt, this specific bit of information does fall in line with the aggressive approach the Yankees have already taken in scouting Tanaka.
With some predicting the winning bid being at or above $75 million, the Yankees are in prime position to flex their financial muscle and blow everybody else away with the highest bid. That would certainly be a bold move and one that might signal more serious intentions on their part to be a bigger player this offseason. Tanaka has been drawing a lot of comparisons to Hiroki Kuroda lately, and paying big posting bucks for a 25-year-old version of Hirok would be a smart move for the future of the Yankee rotation.
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