The Colorado Rockies have some in-house options at second base for the 2012 season, including Jonathan Herrera, Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr., but they have also expressed interest in signing Japanese free agent Kensuke Tanaka, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.
Tanaka is a 30-year old left-handed hitter who has played the past 12 season in the Japanese major leagues with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He suffered an ankle injury that limited him to just 49 games in 2011, but hit .335/.408/.417 and is believed to be healthy.
Even if the Rockies are interested, Tanaka might not be willing or able to come overseas to the MLB this season. Troy Renck of the Denver Post provides these responses to the rumor, via Twitter: