Well, the Cubs gave it a great effort but they came up short. In the end, the bright lights of New York City and a chance to win next year probably won Tanaka over.
The Cubs were always going to be a tough sell. It's tough to ask anyone to look at the big picture. As a Cubs fan, I know.
Time will tell if Tanaka made the right decision. I believe that in 2 years, he'll have wished he had signed here with an up and coming team. He will have looked behind him and wished he had a team with a good defense that can support a style that has become more pitch-to-contact in recent times. He's going to wish that RF porch wasn't short. He's going to look back when he's in his prime and look around the clubhouse and see overpaid, past peak players and a Cubs team that will be the talk of baseball.
Or maybe that's just sour grapes on my part.
This is one of the few times I believed the Cubs had a legitimate shot at landing the big free agent. We can at least be encouraged that they were willing to spend and spend big.
Now it's off to plan B. Let the Maholm and Hammel watch begin!
That just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?