Increasingly fewer fans are being caught unaware by the mention of Masahiro Tanaka. Indeed, he is one of the top pitchers that teams will fight over this offseason.
In this video, MLB Contributor Gabe Zaldivar breaks down one of the more mysterious names on the potential market.
While some teams will be content to grab a Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez, there is a big market for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles star who brings with him an arsenal of pitches.
His biggest weapons may be his splitter and ability to work the strike zone.
Unfortunately, wooing this player with big money is not as easy as it might seem, because there is a posting fee to consider. Some believe that could reach astronomical proportions, so the usual big-money teams will be mentioned.
As for the rest of us, we can spend the winter months debating how this star may fare in MLB circles. If he's anything like the recent influx of international talent, he will do very well.
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