The bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka ends on Jan. 24.
The Orioles won't be in on it.
Tanaka, who is 25 and was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League last season, is probably in line for a seven-year contract that will push well above $100 million.
Considering the Orioles have never gone beyond three years for a MLB free-agent pitcher, Tanaka is well out of their comfort zone. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that – point blank – earlier this month.
So the Orioles won’t register the $20 million posting fee to negotiate with Tanaka. Technically, then, this year’s...