KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Any Royals fans still fantasizing about the Royals getting in on the sweepstakes for Japanese superstar pitcher Masahiro Tanaka may want to adjust those dreams.
Club officials never truly believed Tanaka was in their financial reach -- Tanaka is seeking in excess of $100 million -- even though the posting system (the money that goes to Tanaka's former team) is in the reasonable $20 million range.
General manager Dayton Moore continues to say the right things, and he reiterated to me Thursday regarding Tanaka, "We're always in the market for good pitching."
But while there have been exceptions (Norichika Aoki signing with Milwaukee two years ago), luring a Japanese player to a small market is not an easy sell.
"It happens, but normally it is easier if the player has already been in the major leagues and in the States a few years," a source close to the situation said. "But for a first-time player out of Japan, a big star, they're not likely to be interested in a s...