The Jays are scouting Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka - Koji Watanabe

Bob Elliot tells us:

Blue Jays assistant general manager Andrew Tinnish and pro scout Danny Evans, former GM of the Chicago White Sox, were in Japan last month scouting Masahiro Tanaka.

Here we go again. After the Yu Darvish stuff, I'm not sure I want to go through this again but Masahiro has been very good in Japan's major leagues:

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS GF CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2007 18 Rakuten JPPL 11 7 3.82 28 28 4 1 186.1 183 83 79 17 68 2 196 8.8 0.8 3.3 9.5 2.88
2008 19 Rakuten JPPL 9 7 3.49 25 24 5 2 172.2 171 71 67 9 54 3 159 8.9 0.5 2.8 8.3 2.94
2009 20 Rakuten JPPL 15 6 2.33 25 24 6 3 189.2 170 51 49 13 43 0 171 8.1 0.6 2.0 8.1 3.98
2010 21 Rakuten JPPL 11 6 2.50 20 20 0 8 1 155.0 159 47 43 9 32 1 119 9.2 0.5 1.9 6.9 3.72
2011 22 Rakuten JPPL 19 5 1.27 27 27 0 14 6 226.1 171 35 32 8 27 0 241 6.8 0.3 1.1 9.6 8.93
2012 23 Rakuten JPPL 10 4 1.87 22 22 0 8 3 173.0 160 45 36 4 19 0 169 8.3 0.2 1.0 8.8 8.89
2013 24 Rakuten JPPL 19 0 1.20 22 22 0 6 2 172.0 135 26 23 5 25 0 144 7.1 0.3 1.3 7.5 5.76
7 Seasons 94 35 2.32 169 167 0 51 18 1275.0 1149 358 329 65 268 6 1199 8.1 0.5 1.9 8.5 4.47
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/7/2013.

I'm hoping that Alex let's us know if the Jays are going to bid or not this time. Last time, as I'm sure you remember, the announcement was a mess. Some folks told us through tweeter that the had inside information that the Jays had the winning bid for Darvish, which seemed pretty strange, since the only people that would have known were in the commissioner's office and they weren't likely to share.

The Jays scout everyone. I'm pretty sure I saw a Blue Jay scout at my boy's little league games this year. I doubt that anything will come of it, it is their way of doing their due diligence, but it would be fun to actually win the bidding for one of these guys.


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