With less than a week left for teams to negotiate a deal with Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, teams are putting in their offers for the 25-year-old with hopes of landing him for 2014.
The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have also submitted their bids for Tanaka as well; currently the feeling around baseball is that the Cubs are the team in the lead to land Tanaka because their offer "will blow everyone else away," as Bruce Levine of MLB.com reported.
MLB source believes Cubs are lead team for Tanaka .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 18, 2014
In Tanaka's last season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, he went 24-0 with a 1.73 ERA and pitched them to a championship this past year and with him being posted to the United States and to Major League Baseball, he's considered the top prize of the market.
When the offseason began, many considered the Yankees to be the front-runners to land Tanaka because of their major need for pitching due to Andy Pettitte's retirement, but with teams like the Dodgers and the Cubs willing to shell out a ton of money to land Tanaka, the Yankees may no longer be the obvious choice to get him and may need a Plan B or C for their rotation needs.
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