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Philadelphia Phillies look at Masahiro Tanaka's money lines

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General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. used to be a big-spender. But, once again this off-season the Philadelphia Phillies don't seemed currently inclined to tap the Citizens Bank Park till for another high-priced purchase.

Ryne Sandberg will be working with a new pitching coach next season. Unless matters change, Bob McClure shouldn't expect to see Rakuten Golden Eagles starter Masahiro Tanaka in red pinstripes in spring training.

The highly-promising 25-year-old Japanese right-hander should receive a multi-million dollar contract, while his home squad pockets up to a $20 million posting fee from whatever team wins the right to his services. Considering the tiny 1.27 ERA that he posted in 2013 and his immunity to losses (24-0), Tanaka is likely to find a major league home soon.

If both men remain healthy, Cole Hamels and Cliff give offer the Phillies the chance to have a good rotation next season. However, the drop off after the first two starting slots is significant.

Veterans Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez, along with a totally unknown Miguel Gonzalez, offer few reasons for mound optimism. While the addition of Tanaka might have happened three-plus years ago, it doesn't appear to be a realistic possibility for today's Phillies' franchise.

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