Although the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have been the predominant names in the chase for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a strong push for Tanaka and are considered to be serious players.
After coming up short on outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Diamondbacks clearly have both the room and will to spend for a player like Tanaka, and, like most teams, have a strong need for a front-end starter.
The catch for the Diamondbacks will be how intense bidding gets on Tanaka. If the club were able to sign him for $120, coupled with the $20 posting fee owed to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, it would equal out to the same $140 million they had been prepared to spend on Choo.
In addition to the Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks, the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs are also expected to pursue Tanaka.
In 2012 for the Golden Eagles, Tanaka posted a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA.
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