Originally written on Feelin' Kinda Blue  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Masahiro Tanaka is the best free agent pitcher available (even if he isn't, yet) this winter, and the Dodgers need to sign him. I know, how can a team with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu need to sign another starting pitcher with a No. 2 ceiling? Well, come playoff time, the Dodgers would be able to rely on him to throw, unlike what they did this year with Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco is a solid pitcher, but Tanaka -- despite not having thrown a pitch in the majors -- is a superior pitcher. Tanaka, 25, isn’t the next Yu Darvish. Darvish is an unquestioned ace and worth every penny the Texas Rangers paid for him. In hindsight, it was a really good deal. Tanaka is a younger, better version of Hiroki Kuroda. That isn’t a straight race-based comparison. Tanaka is a little smaller than Kuroda, but their deliveries and arsenals are similar -- well, at least their first four pitches. If you want a non-Japanese comparison, a guy like Dan Haren, ...

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