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January 7, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Which Teams Are in on Tanaka?

by Daniel Rathman


An update on the race to sign Masahiro Tanaka
With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, the bidding for recently posted Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka should pick up as soon as this week. Interested teams have until January 24 to come to a deal with the right-hander, and most big-market clubs are expected to make a strong effort to do just that.

Ben Badler of Baseball America tweeted on Friday that the Mariners “look like the favorites” in the early going, as general manager Jack Zduriencik searches for a frontline-pitcher complement to his marquee addition, Robinson Cano. The Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that are virtually certain to give the M’s a run for their money.

However, one team that previously dipped deep into the Japanese market has already bowed out. The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reported Saturday that the Red Sox are passing on Tanaka, seven years after they paid $51.1 million for the right to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Dodgers’ interest in Tanaka was “lukewarm” last month, but Badler’s sources expect them to be “strongly in the mix.”

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