Tanaka Time in the Bronx could be coming to an end.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports free-agent right-hander Masahiro Tanaka might be bound for the San Diego Padres.
Even after trading for left-hander Blake Snell and righty Yu Darvish, the Padres are doing background work on multiple free-agent starting pitchers, sources say. One of those pitchers, righty Masahiro Tanaka, has connections to two significant members of the organization – Darvish and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Darvish and Tanaka are friends and Rothschild was Tanaka’s pitching coach with the Yankees from 2014 to ’19. Tanaka suffered a partial elbow tear in ’14, chose rehabilitation over Tommy John surgery and remained largely durable, ranking 18th in the majors in starts since ’15.
It’s possible Tanaka remains in the plans of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. After all, the Yankees have as many as three spots open in the starting rotation with Tanaka, J.A. Happ and James Paxton all hitting the open market. Plus Luis Severino is recovering from Tommy John surgery and Domingo German was shaky playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic.
The 32-year-old Tanaka is a free agent after completing his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees.
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