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  1. Astros made $100 million offer to Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

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    Gonna be a whole lot of “Team X made a big offer to Masahiro Tanaka” stories coming out in the next few days now that he’s signed with the Yankees, but here’s an interesting one from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer for Japanese ace…

  2. Masahiro Tanaka will help, but the Yankees need much more than him to be a contender

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:24 PM EST

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    The offseason distorts things. The wintertime focus on individual player signings and the underlying optimism everyone seems to have about the prospects of their local nine often makes us forget that, in baseball, one player cannot make the difference between winning and losing. Heck, sometimes even three players don’t. Just ask Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton,…

  3. The Diamondbacks are out of the Tanaka Derby

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:14 AM EST

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    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com says that the Dbacks are out of the running for Masahiro Tanaka. It’s unclear if it’s because Tanaka has decided on another team of if the Dbacks just dropped out of the bidding. It always seemed like Arizona was a long shot. Their pockets aren’t as deep as the Dodgers and…

  4. UPDATE: translation ambiguity: Mashahiro Tanaka is saying he can’t decide

    Jan 21, 2014, 10:09 AM EST

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    UPDATE II: Oh boy. It’s not even that he can’t decide which team he wants to play for. He was referring to not being able to decide which Twitter avatar to use. Wow. I know when I’m beat. I am officially out of the Tanaka Tea Leaves Reading business. UPDATE: Or, maybe Tanaka is just…

  5. Levine: The Cubs will “outbid the field” on Tanaka

    Jan 20, 2014, 4:23 PM EST

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    Eventually Masahiro Tanaka will sign someplace, and when he does, we won’t have constant, often contradictory reports about who is in the lead and who will outbid who in what is, essentially, a totally opaque process. Until then: Industry sources believe the Cubs will outbid the field on money and years. None of the clubs…

  6. Scouting Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:24 AM EST

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    Ben Badler has a great post over at Baseball America scouting Masahiro Tanaka. He presents Gifs of Tanaka’s three best pitches — his fastball, slider and splitter — and talks to scouts about each of them. We’ve spent so much time lately thinking about his contract and where he may end up playing that it’s…

  7. According to Japanese report, five teams have made offers to right-hander Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:32 PM EST

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    MLB Trade Rumors’ Aaron Steen provides the translation of this report from Japanese news service Nikkan Sports: Clubs angling to sign Masahiro Tanaka made formal offers by Jan. 16, Nikkan Sports reports (Japanese link). The list of teams includes the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs, with nearly all clubs putting together offers worth…

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

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:42 AM EST

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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 670TheScore.com probably shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point: Wake up…

  9. A number of owners are “convinced” that the Cubs will sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:03 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported this morning that the Cubs are “pushing hard” to sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Teams like the Yankees and Dodgers have obviously received much of the attention so far, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark provides more evidence why we should start taking the Cubs seriously here: In non-replay news, amazing how…

  10. The Cubs are “pushing hard” for Tanaka

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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    Masahiro Tanaka has another eight days in which to negotiate with whoever he wants. Most are expecting the Dodgers or the Yankees to land him, but other teams aren’t giving up yet: Sources: #Cubs pushing hard for Tanaka. #Angels remain involved, along with others previously mentioned – #Yankees, #Dodgers, etc. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January…

  11. Even after locking up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers could still pursue more pitching

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

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    The Dodgers may have just locked up starter Clayton Kershaw for the price of $215 million over seven years, but they may not be spending yet. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers could still add more pitching. Getting involved on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would require approval from ownership, but they could…

  12. We’ve reached the “Masahiro Tanaka’s wife wants to be on the west coast” point of this silliness

    Jan 13, 2014, 11:43 AM EST

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    We get to this point every offseason. Some big free agent is still out there and we hear that they like the west coast. Or the east coast. Or their wife does. Or they want to be where they grew up. Or they want to be where they can fly home to wherever they call…

  13. Rangers tell Tanner Scheppers to prepare to start in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EST

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    The Rangers were in for a shock yesterday when they learned that starter Derek Holland injured his knee in a fall at home, forcing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage. He is expected to be out until around mid-season. As a result, the Rangers are scrambling to find a substitute starter…

  14. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

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    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  15. Winners and losers of the Alex Rodriguez arbitration decision

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:47 PM EST

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    This wasn’t just about A-Rod and Bud Selig going to head to head. There are a lot of winners and losers here. Some are people. Some are documents. Some are ideas and ideals. Let’s look at the immediate fallout: Winner: Major League Baseball: The league wanted A-Rod gone through 2014 and, in all likelihood, believe…

  16. Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

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    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which…

  17. Report: Alex Rodriguez decision “imminent,” ruling appears “favorable” for MLB

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Horowitz is expected to rule on Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension today. Stay tuned. 11:35 a.m. ET: When yesterday passed without a ruling on Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension, the assumption was that we likely wouldn’t hear anything from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz until Monday at the earliest. As Ronald Blum…

  18. Twins, Red Sox interested in Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:10 PM EST

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    Peter Gammons tweets that the Twins and Red Sox have shown interest in 27-year-old Korean free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, and suggests the Giants would be a good fit for the right-hander as well. The Twins’ interest in Yoon, represented by Scott Boras, is interesting given that they have already spent a lot of money…

  19. Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home, likely out until mid-season

    Jan 10, 2014, 6:26 PM EST

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports some bad news for Rangers fans on Twitter: lefty starter Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home and earlier today underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage. Fraley adds that Holland is likely out until mid-season. Fraley spoke to GM Jon Daniels, who…

  20. Dodgers to “go all out” to get Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 10, 2014, 2:07 PM EST

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    Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers have “let it be known they plan to go all-out” in their attempt to sign Masahiro Tanaka. Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are saying they “certainly won’t be out-bid.” The things you can do with a multi-billion dollar TV deal and a front office who has the freedom to…

  21. Yankees among teams monitoring Johan Santana

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

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    The Twins are reportedly interested in a reunion with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but they are going to have plenty of competition to sign him. Confirming reports from last month, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger hears that the Yankees are among several teams monitoring the progress of Santana. Andy Martino of…

  22. Masahiro Tanaka’s U.S. Tour begins

    Jan 9, 2014, 7:36 AM EST

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    David Waldstein of the New York Times passes along reports from the Japanese media that Masahiro Tanaka has arrived in the United States. He’s going to tour this great land of ours, meeting general managers and owners wherever he goes while his agent, Casey Close, makes them do back flips and stuff. It’ll be quite…

  23. Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EST

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    We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as…

  24. Chris Capuano wants a two-year deal

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:31 PM EST

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    The entire starting pitching market is waiting for Masahiro Tanaka to sign. Nothing is gonna happen of significance until he does. Thus stuff like this: Chris Capuano is looking for a two-year deal, and is said to be willing to wait for that deal to evolve someplace. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 6, 2014  …

  25. The Mariners could add intrigue to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

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    Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka will be courted by a handful of interested teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, and Diamondbacks, but as ESPN’s Andrew Marchand details, it may be the Mariners who emerge victorious by the January 24 deadline. Marchand cites some reasoning laid out by Dan Szymborski also at ESPN — that…

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