Miami Marlins: Masahiro Tanaka Is Perfect For This Rotation

The Miami Marlins made the playoffs during a shortened 2020 MLB season and adding starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would be huge.

Tanaka spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees and was overall a reliable arm in their rotation.

However, “Mr. T” has struggled to make it through five innings more than a team would like.

If Miami added Tanaka to its rotation, it would give them a few things as they try to compete in the NL East in 2021.

Let’s examine why it’s a good idea to chase Tanaka.

Rotation Options

If the Marlins sign Masahiro Tanaka that gives the Fish a veteran with playoff experience and the ability to stay poised.

Plus, Tanaka would join a rotation that includes Sixto Sanchez and Sandy Alcantara.

Miami snapped a playoff skid last season and would make their starting staff even tougher to beat if they sign Tanaka.

If you look at the NL East, it only makes sense for the Marlins to pick up Tanaka.

The Washington Nationals have Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, and Patrick Corbin.

The New York Mets get to smile since they still have Marcus Stroman on top of having Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard (probably going to miss some time in ’21).

If Miami could bolster its rotation that would give them a fighter’s chance to compete for the NL East crown whether it’s in ’21 or 2022.

Familiarity

Miami’s Chief Executive Officer aka Derek Jeter is familiar with Tanaka from their days playing together in The Bronx.

Jeter and Tanaka were on the 2014 Yankees. That was also Jeter’s final season in pinstripes, but it was also Tanaka’s first campaign.

Jeter might feel comfortable adding Tanaka because if Brian Cashman chose to bring in Tanaka for a handful of years then why shouldn’t Jeter think about it?

Miami doesn’t have a lot of big contracts, which might make things easier from a financial viewpoint and Tanaka might wind up accepting a two-year deal south of $40 million.

Injuries have hit Tanaka over the years, which doesn’t help his attempt at trying to receive a mega-deal.

Think of the Fans

If Miami can show grit and determination with no names and guys on short-term deals, then why can’t they do the same with Tanaka?

Give the fans something to get excited about after struggling to be a playoff-worthy team over the years.

With the Miami Heat making it to the 2020 NBA Finals and the Miami Dolphins fighting for an NFL postseason spot, the Marlins could help make the city jump for joy even more.

I’m not saying signing Masahiro Tanaka cures all the issues the Marlins have, but it helps make people consider them a viable threat to not only win the NL East but a club that could make a run.

Do you think signing Masahiro Tanaka is a good idea? Leave a comment below.

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