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Reports say Tanaka will not be posted

Story in NY Times indicates the ownership of the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not post Masahiro Tanaka to MLB. According to the sources, the team feels it has a shot at a championship in NPB which would disappear if Tanaka left, and there is lingering resentment that American baseball is cherry-picking the best of the Japanese players.

This would figure to improve the hand of Matt Garza. I am not one of his biggest fans (the "innings eater" argument was likewise made of Blanton) and he certainly didn't impress with the Rangers. But it likewise doesn't appear the Angels have any other avenues for trade to obtain a starter-caliber pitcher, and the free agent market is crap. This means the team has to either overpay for Garza or get exceedingly creative.

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