As Biertempfel points out, a trade might be difficult, since Tabata is set to make $12.25 M over the next three seasons. He will make $3 M this year, $4 M in 2015, $4.5 M in 2016, and has three option years beyond that with a total of $750,000 in buyouts ($250,000 per year).
Last year Tabata had a 1.1 WAR, which is worth at least $5.5 M on the open market. So his contract isn't that bad if he can repeat that success. That 1.1 WAR would be worth $16.5 M over three years on the open market. If that WAR represents his value, then he'd be worth about $4-5 M, which is a Grade B hitter or two Grade C pitching prospects. ...
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