The more I read on this guy, the more I hear the same thing: Low 90′s fastball, very good command, nasty splitter.
And, the more I think about him, I’m starting to wonder if he’s going to be another
Hideki Hideo Nomo and/or Daisuke Matsuzaka? By this, I mean, he’ll be good for a couple of years and then the league will catch up to him and he’ll be in trouble from that point forward.
If true, clearly, he’s not worth the money and years the Yankees are paying him.
Of course, the difference here is the control. Nomo and Dice-K had all sorts of issues (no pun intended) with walks – both here and in Japan. Tankana, albeit in Japan, had Greg Maddux type control. And, that means that Tankana may be more like Hiroki Kuroda here in the States.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with Hiroki Kuroda. Teams can always use a starter who will give you 200 innings and 13 wins. However, is that worth $22 million a year? Again, I don’t think so…