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Major League Baseball has withdrawn their proposal for a new bidding system in Japan, and it's still uncertain if Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka will hit the open market this winter.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.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:37:25 -0800
The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly interested in Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:28:07 -0800
The San Francisco Giants are not expected to make a bid on Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka. He's expected to cost more than $120 million, with at least $60 million coming on the posting fee.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:41:55 -0800
Japanese League SP Masahiro Tanaka is in limbo after Major League Baseball terminated the previous posting fee agreement with Japan, according to a source. A new proposal is awaiting approval of Japanese baseball officials, and major league owners may decide to end the posting system entirely and wait to sign Japanese players when they become free agents after nine years. Tanaka is a highly sought after commodity this offseason by major league clubs. "Since MLB canceled the existing posting agreement last year, we've been negotiating with the Japanese to revise the old system," said the source. "As of now, there is no agreement, so players can't be posted. They have a proposal from us they can accept. It's in their court."
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:53:20 -0800
One of the top priorities for the New York Yankees this offseason will be to secure the rights to Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka. The Yanks are "going to be bold" in their pursuit of Tanaka, according to sources with knowledge of the team's plans. Executives think the team with the winning bid will have to top $75 million for Tanaka. Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA this year in Japan. The Yankees' posting fee will not count against their luxury-tax figures, making him even more attractive. New York is also considering signing free-agent SPs Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians), Matt Garza (Rangers) and Dan Haren (Nationals).