While many would already consider this winter a good (and ultimately a successful) one for the White Sox, the Chicago front office would like to make it a great one.

Having acquired Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson, and Jose Abreu since last July, the Sox now have their sights set on Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka. Though they are considered a long-shot to acquire Tanaka, I ask, why not the White Sox? 

Tanaka is said to be looking for a challenge, but not to necessarily be “the man”. Well here, with Chris Sale being the ace of the staff, Tanaka wouldn’t be “the man”. At least not yet.

While the idea of Jerry Reinsdorf giving out a big $ contract to a pitcher (something Reinsdorf has been reluctant to do, until the contract given to John Danks) scares the hell out of me, just imagine Sale, Tanaka, and Quintana as the team’s 1-2-3 for years to come. Sounds good to me.


Even Us Cellular Field could be immune to Tanaka's devastating splitter.

Yes Tanaka prefers to be on the west coast to appease his movie star wife. Yes he prefers to live in a community with a large Japanese contingency,  and understandably so. But why not Chicago?

It’s hard to imagine the Dodgers not landing Tanaka if they really do want him. But they don’t need him.

The Yankees need Tanaka. With the decline of CC Sabathia, they need someone to fill his role for years to come.

The Cubs need Tanaka. Not only because they need the talent, but they need to show a disheartened fan base that they’re willing to spend the $.

We don’t “need” Tanaka, as pitching is our strength. But why not make that strength even stronger? Nothing excites me more than the idea of Don Cooper getting his hands on Tanaka. Not that I’m proud of being excited by something involving Don Cooper, but you understand….

I just finished watching a YouTube video showing 200 Tanaka strikeouts. I now want him 200x more, and it makes me think we need him.

Just as some want to compare Jose Abreu to Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes because they’re all from Cuba, some will do the same with Tanaka and Yu Darvish both being Japanese pitchers. And while the Abreu comparisons are absurd, the Tanaka-Darvish comparisons aren’t. If Tanaka can be anywhere close to what Darvish is and will become, I’ll take him. I’ll take him for 7 years and $120 million, even though that scares the hell out of me.

Hey, nobody thought we’d get Abreu, so why not Tanaka?

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