Five teams with the best shot at Tanaka:
December, 25, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
5. Atlanta Braves
The Braves are a long shot here but also need him most. They are in desperate need of an elite starter, and a surprise bid might make sense, especially considering the new stadium revenues that are expected in the years to come.
Team president John Schuerholz oversaw 14 divisional titles in Atlanta thanks mostly to the trio of aces he had in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Although it would be difficult to ever get that level of starting pitching again, the Braves won't stop trying, and pairing Tanaka with Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen would give the Braves a formidable rotation.
Tanaka is needed here if they want a chance to defend their NL East title with the improved Nationals breathing down their necks.