Jays likely won't land Masahiro Tanaka

Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Rakuten Eagles speaks before the press after meeting with...

Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of Rakuten Eagles speaks before the press after meeting with his team's president in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on December 17, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

Two off-seasons ago, it appeared, for three days, that the Blue Jays had won the Yu Darvish sweepstakes.

Swept up in the emotion of the new arrival, like expectant fathers awaiting the arrival of their first son, Blue Jays fans hit the ground hard in anger when the Texas Rangers won the bid.

So, to save any angst over Masahiro Tanaka, a word of warning: Don’t look for the right-hander from Japan to show up at the Rogers Centre this season, unless it is in a visiting uniform.

In Darvish’s case, it was difficult to win his posting, yet easy to sign since he had only one team to negotiate with.

Tanaka is the opposite: It will be easy for teams to plunk down $20 million to buy their way into the bidding. It won’t be easy to sign him as he will command a seven-year contract, one he will get, with maybe 10 teams interested.


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