TORONTO - You expected Masahiro Tanaka to go elsewhere?
The New York Yankees kicked off Super Bowl festivities by giving Tanaka a seven-year, $155 million contract on Wednesday.
That’s similar to the $175 million deal the Seattle Mariners gave Felix Hernandez, but King Felix has actually thrown a pitch in the majors and won a Cy Young Award.
So, now that the Yankees scouts — including former Blue Jays coach Don Wakamatsu, — have given their stamp of approval on the Japanese right-hander and the biggest off-season domino has fallen, what now?
Who will the Blue Jays wind up with to bolster their starting rotation?
While the Jays liked Tanaka and were among the teams willing to pay the $20-million to talk contract, they were not willing to make a seven-year commitment.
However, with the second-worst ERA in the majors last year, the Jays are looking to either add a free-agent starter and are believed to be targeting one of Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez, both right-handers.