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New York Yankees, 4 Other Teams Have Offered Masahiro Tanaka Contract; Deal Exceeds 6 Years, $100MM

January 18th, 2014 at 9:57 PM
By Doug Rush

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 New York Yankees are one of five teams who have submitted an offer to Tanaka, as Chris Cotillo of MLB's Daily Dish has reported on Saturday night..

"Per Nikkan Sports: , , , , made formal offers to Tanaka. All more than 6 years, $100 million," he tweeted.

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 reported.

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.

Photo credit: Takuro K. via Flickr

Tags: Baseball, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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One Response to “New York Yankees, 4 Other Teams Have Offered Masahiro Tanaka Contract; Deal Exceeds 6 Years, $100MM”

  1.  Robert says:

    Though this pitcher’s numbers are off the charts, I’m not a fan of this bidding process. Any athlete is one play away from an injury that can turn a “hall of fame” career into an average one. And the money is a whole other topic. FYI, if you get a chance, check out the latest pics of C.C. Sabathia!! The man has trimmed down!!

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