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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tanaka receives offers from Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, and Cubs

By on 1/18/2014 09:20:00 PM

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According to Nikkan Sports, the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, and Cubs have made formal offers to Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. The deals are reportedly exceeding $100 million over six years.

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Nikkan states that the Diamondbacks offered a staggering 6-year, $120 million deal to Tanaka who has made it no secret they are serious about contending in the NL West. The CEO of Arizona explained at the owner meetings, “Like other teams, we’re very interested and we want to win this competition.” Arizona has already given up one of their most highly projected prospects in Tyler Skaggs and are looking to improve their team right away.

The Angels and Dodgers have made equivalent offers according to Nikkan, but Arte Moreno of the Angels is worried that they can’t fit him into their budget. 

The Dodgers just signed Kershaw to a record breaking extension, but are still seriously interested in Tanaka to be in their rotation at the start of the season. 

Tom Loxas of Chicago Now states, “Heard Cubs offer for Tanaka in 160 mil neighborhood plus posting fee.” The posting fee was $20 million and was widely known that most teams would post the $20 million to negotiate with Tanaka. The team who signs him will be the only team that has to pay the fee.

Tanaka has until later this month to figure out what offer he will take, if any, while pitchers and catchers report to camp in February.


  1. I am both a Cub and Yankee fan, so either of those teams would suit me.

  2. Cubs & Yankees?? What do you beat yourself up then celebrate after the season??