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The Cubs have made a “real offer” to Masahiro Tanaka

Jan 18, 2014, 9:42 AM EDT

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It was reported Thursday that the Cubs were “pushing hard” to sign Masahiro Tanaka while a number of MLB owners gave the impression to ESPN’s Jayson Stark that they are “convinced” he’ll end up in Chicago. So, this report from Bruce Levine of probably shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point:

Multiple teams have surely made offers to Tanaka already, but this report adds credence to the notion that the Cubs are willing to hang with deep-pocketed teams like the Dodgers and Yankees in order to sign him. That’s important, especially with the financial questions surrounding the Cubs ownership.

Jesse Sanchez of reported yesterday that clubs have yet to hear back from Tanaka since his visit to the United States last week. Per the posting system rules, he has until January 24 (next Friday) at 5 p.m. ET to reach an agreement with a team.

UPDATE: According to Levine, an MLB source believes that the Cubs are the “lead team” for Tanaka’s services.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    It would appear from recent reports one that appeared on MLBTR (link below) that the Cubs are not the only team to have submitted a “serious offer” to Tanaka.

  2. keltictim - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    What’s with all the English professors on here? This isn’t exactly the Harvard law review why get your panties all in a bunch over “their” or “there” ? Good lord man it’s a baseball blog. On now that I got that out of my system, Theo, Theo, Theo. Haven’t you learned your lesson about totally unproven Japanese pitching icons? On paper this kid seems a much better bet than the disaster that was Dice-k, I just figured you would be a little hesitant given how badly you were burned on that one. I’ll always have a soft spot for you because of 04, and 07 but I think you lost your mojo somewhere along the way. Unless the curse of the goat or bartman or whatever specter is hovering over wrigley field is just too powerful for you to overcome. (It is a goat right? The cubs occupy so little space in my brain I can’t remember the story). Just think if you land this guy and he implodes nobody will ever trust your opinion on Japanese pitchers again, but if you get him and win a championship not only will you have killed two curses you will have redeemed yourself from the gyro disaster. (Ok we all agree that Theo and every other GM checks these blogs and comments before making a move rite?)

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