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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. frankgarrett - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Cubs will suck anyways .. Blow your $$$$$ on a guy who will be gone in 2 years . And if you’re a middle age man and you say ‘Tweeters” you’re A JERK OFF

    • nymets4ever - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      He also can’t differentiate between “there” and “their”…so basically, this Bruce Levine guy is a dumbass.

      • xruben31 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        “Dumb ass” is clearly two words… Dumb ass.

      • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Sorry, it’s a demotic phrase and not subject to any hard and fast spelling rules, dumb/ass.

      • jayquintana - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Looks like a typo. He used “their” correctly in the last sentence.

    • Ben Cerow - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      So, how’s your morning going, Frank?

  2. El Pollo Loco - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    as soon as he dons that Cub jersey his arm will turn into crap.Just ask Kerry Wood and Mark Prior

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Really? Their arms didn’t turn to crap as soon as they donned a Cubs jersey.

      Prior had a season with 211 innings pitched with a 2.43 ERA and an 18 and 6 won/loss record.

      That would have been very difficult to do with a crap arm that putting on the Cubs jersey caused.

      Kerry struck out 20 batters in a game while donning a Cubs jersey with his crap arm.

      Oh, Dusty Baker is no longer the Cubs manager.

  3. rockthered1286 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Well good morning all you happy posters! Glad to see we’ve had our coffee and we’re ready to take on the day with a smile on our faces!


    • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You go to hell.


  4. bigmeechy74 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I’m actually cautiously optimistic about the Cubs…. now if they could just get rid of that cancer starlin castro and that overrated samasrasdfdfsdszja guy then I’d really be excited

    • 78mu - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Somehow I doubt those two have been responsible for the lack of a championship since the beginning of the last century.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Yeah. I know. But I’m talking about this team.

    • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Where the Cubs are concerned, it’s possible to be cautiously overoptimistic.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      All teams need a 3rd and 4th pitcher on the staff so there is nothing wrong with having Samardzija on the staff.

      As for the POS they have shortstop, they need to trade him yesterday regardless of how much salary they have to pay another team to take them off of their hands.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Yeah but samarzija was supposed to be a potential ace. And there is nothing that irritates me more than pitchers that walk guys. He just drives me nuts. And yes we totally agree on castro. I can’t believe they gave him that big extension in the first place. I’m no scout but I pretty much expected him to be a huge letdown and it seems to be playing out that way

  5. maddogg911 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Their new mascot will have someone to play with

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Does he throw the gyroball?

    Theo will pay anything to actually see someone throw a gyroball.

  7. dkchi - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    D.J., could you elaborate on or link to a source related to “the financial questions surrounding the Cubs ownership”? I am not aware of any financial questions that might prevent the Ricketts clan from bidding on free agents.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Damn Ricketts.

  8. beachnbaseball - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Ah, yes. With Chicago’s deep rooted and bustling Japanese culture and the Cubs championship laden history of winning, why would Tanaka want to play anywhere else? I mean we’re talkin’ Chicago! Make it happen, Theo!

  9. richwizl - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Anybody but the Yankees or Dodgers, please. Cubbies could use the help.

  10. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    What constitutes a “real offer” for the Cubs? Chicago is a great city but a baseball dynasty it’s NOT even with Tanaka. Do they honestly think that over the next even 3 or so years at least they stand even a remote chance of overtaking the Cardinals, Pirates, Reds and even the Royals in their division. Much less compete with some of the other teams in the NL like the Braves, Nationals, Dodgers or even the Diamondbacks.

    The Cubs are a nice story but if Tanaka does go there the first opportunity he has to opt out of his contract he’s probably gone.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      I definitely agree.

      The Cubs will never win a divisional title over the Royals.

      Not. Gonna. Happen.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Did I say anything about “winning a divisional title over the Royals”? NO, I said overtake them in their division. Big, big difference my friend.

      • tmhofficial - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        How long until he realizes his blunder?

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Looks like I need a new pair of glasses. How about we insert Brewers instead.

    • drunkhistorian - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah those pesky Royals. I feel bad that they have to compete in both Central divisions.

  11. fbwangus8736 - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Real offer? Glad to know they didn’t make a “Fake Offer” to Tanaka!

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      I hope it IS a fake offer.

      I hope it comes down to a press conference to announce the deal and when they go to shake hands Theo jerks his hand away, runs it through his hair and says “PSYCHE!”

  12. joecagsblogs - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Oh crap! The royals are in the NL central now??? How long was I asleep??

  13. joecagsblogs - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Uyf, I’m sorry to inform you but your baseball fan membership has been revoked.

  14. chiadam - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Bruce Levine: profesional speler.

  15. gattaga72 - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Royals winning anything is funny!!!!!!

  16. elvin2014 - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Seattle Mariners could sign Masahiro Tanaka next week….

  17. cackalackyank - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    In some ways I think the headline would have to say “Unreal” offer, as in unreal amount of money, as in Kershaw type $ for someone that has never thrown a pitch in MLB. Unless the Cubs are offering a ton more $ than any west coast team they do not have a chance. Why go to a team that is synonymous with finding ways to lose?

  18. yordo - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Define “real offer”. Do some teams make fantasy offers? No one takes this seriously, anyway. Cubs have no shot. Just looking for attention.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Their offer was written legibly in goat’s blood, therefore, it was a real offer.

  19. buffalo65 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    The Jays are gonna sneak up and steal this guy….then his elbow will explode.

    • quincy1959 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Partly correct. I expect the Jays will sneak in an offer. AA made several comments about him last week. While not wanting to talk about Tanaka he caught himself saying too much. Things like the Jays clocked him as high as 98 Mph a few times (higher than other reports) but to expect 92-93. Also compared him to Maddux in a couple of ways. Jays did scout him with as many as 5 at one time, so they have done their homework. Jays should have about 30m to play with, based on several estimates, even after arbitration settlements.

      Jays chances are about 10% of signing him. Don’t count them out. AA could make the move. But Seattle is the team I really think will sneak in and get him.

  20. uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    It just may take a deal similar in length to what Kershaw signed 7 years with an opt out after 5 based on some criteria and a AAV of $20 to $22MM per to get him to sign on the dotted line. That’s 7 years / $140 to $154MM plus the $20MM posting fee. A whopping $160 to $170MM plus for a player who has never thrown a pitch in a MLB Game. A teams ownership has to decide if he’s worth it.
    The chances are some team will offer him something close to that which one it is I don’t think anyone knows yet.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      If $140,000,000 is the going rate you can rest assured that Theo will pay him $175,000,000 over the same amount of time.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        He may but that’s a scary amount of money for an unproven starter at the Major League level. Most seem to think he is going to be the savior and propel a team over the top or at least close to the top. I’m not so sure, but as the saying goes “it ain’t my money”.

  21. yourcubreporter - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Theo and Co. have done their homework on Tanaka, and could make this happen. Seven years, 5 vested and 2 option years is reasonable for the Cubs, because this is strictly cash. No draft picks, no minor leaguer, no players to be named later. Make it work, baby bears!

    • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      I doubt 5 years guaranteed and 2 option years will get the job done. I have to think some team will at least offer him 6 guaranteed and an option year.

  22. jfk69 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Theo just loves driving the price up on the Yankees. While trying to stay relevant in the windy city.

  23. rickditka - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    There is an outside chance that the agent is familiar with negotiating a contract. Im guessing the Yanks and Dodgers respond with better offers.

  24. sportsnut101 - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    WhAts so hard make the contract offer teams what are u waiting for

    U waited to he was posted by his team now u wait two more weeks

    Can’t be medical exams since he takes it when he has deal in place

  25. musketmaniac - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    tanaka will tanka for shuraa.

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