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Report: The Cubs have made signing right-hander Masahiro Tanaka a “top priority”

Oct 26, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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We already know the Yankees are interested in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but they are going to have plenty of competition.

Phil Rogers of was told by sources that Tanaka has become a “top priority” for the Cubs’ front office. The club is expected to have a large contingent in attendance to watch him pitch in the Japan Series, which begins this weekend.

Regarded as the best pitcher in Japan, Tanaka has been on an incredible run this season, going 24-0 with a a 1.27 ERA and 183/32 K/BB ratio over 212 regular season innings. The 24-year-old has remained undefeated during the postseason, including a seven-hit shutout earlier this month.

Tanaka’s team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, are expected to make him available via the posting process once the Japan Series is over. The thought is that the bidding could rival the $51,703,411 fee the Rangers paid to secure exclusive negotiating rights with Yu Darvish two offseasons ago. The two sides eventually agreed to a six-year, $56 million contract.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    That’s Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs…so far. Wow….fella is gonna get PAID.

  2. uwsptke - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Yup. Totally fair international free agent process we’ve got here.

    • chill1184 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Actually it’s an agreement between the NPB and MLB

  3. bubbalynch - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Money talks and bs cheap skate teams’ fans whine!

  4. thepoolshark - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I wonder if Darvish is trying to talk the Rangers into signing him so he can have somebody to talk to in his own language. Rangers have a new TV contract beginning in 2015 I think and Billionaire owners who shelled out for Darvish, and his $9 MM/yr is about half of what he’s worth. Wouldn’t be surprised for Daniels to keep mum and then pounce on this guy.

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