Masahiro Tanaka: The Big If

The question is whether he'll be available, not whether he's worth MLB's millions

Updated: December 18, 2013, 9:33 PM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN.com

You may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Why are major league teams salivating over Masahiro Tanaka? Why is one Japanese team frothing at the mouth? Why so much speculation, so many headlines, all the trans-Pacific negotiations over the posting system? If he goes, and it's still a big naraba, what will he go for?

Is Ma-Kun, as he is known in Japan, really worth it? The short answer is yes.

Imagine a charismatic 6-foot-2, ...

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