Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:52:57 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to make a bid on Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka if/when he becomes available unless they've already done something on the starting pitching front.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:45:47 -0800
The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka, but their interest appears to be lukewarm. The New York Yankees seem to be much more interested and will make more of an effort. Major League Baseball and Japanese officials have not yet agreed on a system to post players, and Tanaka's team hasn't agreed to include him in a posting system.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:33:40 -0800
The Pittsburgh Pirates won't pursue Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:43:24 -0800
The New York Yankees don't plan on pursuing free-agent SPs Matt Garza (Rangers), Ervin Santana (Royals) or Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians) this winter, which is why they are more open to trading OF Brett Gardner. Gardner has been receiving a good amount of interest from other teams. The Yankees are interested in Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka but are pessimistic he'll be posted.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:56:29 -0800
Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka may not be available to be bid on by major league teams this winter because the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles said the team might not allow him to become a free agent. Under the proposed system, MLB teams would submit maximum bids of $20 million for the right to negotiate with Tanaka, and he would be free to sign with any team he chooses. Tanaka has gone 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven years with Rakuten. The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among the teams interested in him.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:47:21 -0800
The New York Yankees are currently engaged in talks with free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds), SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) and SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), while eyeing RP Joe Nathan (Rangers) and Japanese import P Masahiro Tanaka. The team is doing so while pressing their own star, 2B Robinson Cano, for a meeting soon to figure out whether there is a chance the two sides can narrow a sizeable gap in their contract figures.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:54:48 -0800
A source thinks Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka will be posted before next year.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:10:19 -0800
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is not ruling out the possibility of the team pursuing Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka. "Well, we'll see," Crane said. "We were active in the (Jose Dariel Abreu sweepstakes) a pretty heavy way. I think we came in second or third. We were in the neighborhood (of $60 million for Abreu). But I think, we wouldn't rule it out. We're going to take a look at everything."
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:52:47 -0800
Major League Baseball has withdrawn their proposal for a new bidding system in Japan, and it's still uncertain if Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka will hit the open market this winter. Owners are concerned that bidding under the old system has raised prices to levels that most clubs can't compete at. Tanaka won't be able to sign with an MLB team until he's had nine years of service without a new agreement.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:58:24 -0800
The Texas Rangers aren't looking to sign free-agent SPs Matt Garza (Rangers) or Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese League) because they aren't willing to give out a big multi-year deal for starting pitching.