Originally Posted by jcubs69
I agree with chicubs1984. It is not the risk to pay big money an a pitcher that has never pitched in MLB. Investing that kind of money would be foolish and against their plan the past couple years. There is too much downside if tanaka doesn't pan out and could turn out to be a bad contract. We all know the cubs had had their share of those. Let's stay the course and hope they spend the money more wisely.
How often does a 24-year-old, entering the prime of his career, become a free-agent? Never. Players are around 31-years-old - with only a few prime years remaining - by the time they hit free-agency.
Who should the Cubs "wisely spend their money on"? The pitching-market will be scarce, next offseason.
In the case of a foreign talent, teams must trust their scouts. By most accounts, Tanaka is a very talented pitcher, with a nasty forkball. His upside may be too-much for a team to pass-up.