With the success of international free agents such as Yu Darvish Aroldis Chapman Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig many major league teams have begun to spend more resources scouting players from outside the US.
The Yankees have historically been a team that has been willing to spend money on hot young international talent (Jose Contreras Hideki Irabu among many others).
While their last big international free agent signing (Kei Igawa) was a flop of a major proportions the Yankees have their eyes set on another Japanese ace. According to a report from Mark Hale and George A. King III of the New York Post the Yankees have heavily scouted Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees have heavily scouted Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. According to a person following Tanaka the Yankees have seen a lot of Tanaka’s starts. Assistant general manager Billy Eppler and special assignment scout Don Wakamatsu watched Tanaka pitch for the Rakulen Eagles last week.
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