Because they have the money. That’s why.
Actually they do, but the biggest reason is that we don’t really know if the Dodgers will be able to re-sign Kershaw. I mean, they haven’t yet.
Tanaka doesn’t cost them draft picks or players – just cash!
They have 6 – count ‘em, six solid starters for next year – Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Haren, Billingsley, Beckett, but if Kershaw doesn’t stay long-term – and that is a REAL possibility, the Tanaka would be a welcome edition.
Here’s another reason: If Bills, Haren and Beckett are healthy, there will be a market for all of them next year. The Dodgers can then re-stock the farm with prospects for a couple of them.
Prediction: Tanaka will be a Dodger – 7 years/$140 million. Book ‘em, Dano!