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  1. 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…

  2. Chris Capuano wants a two-year deal

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:31 PM EST

    Chris Capuano

    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  …

  3. 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…

  4. Rosenthal: the Dbacks will be “major players” for Tanaka

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

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    Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that The Diamondbacks “cannot be ruled out as major players” for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. The idea is that the Dbacks were already prepared to spend $140 million or more for Shin-Soo Choo and thus have that money available for other uses. Looking around the free agent market right now there…

  5. D-Backs reps willing to fly to Japan to meet with Masahiro Tanaka

    Dec 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

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    Nick Piecoro of AZ Central is reporting that Diamondbacks officials are willing to fly to Japan to court Masahiro Tanaka. Nothing has been scheduled yet but the interest is there. The Diamondbacks have had an active off-season, getting involved in two separate three-team trades. In the more recent of the two, they picked up Mark…

  6. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  7. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  8. Red Sox might “quietly slip into” the bidding for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka

    Dec 29, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

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    The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Angels are the major league teams that have been linked most frequently to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka, who officially began accepting bids last Thursday and will continue to accept them until 5:00 p.m. EST on January 24. But with the new posting system allowing for much more anonymity, there…

  9. Commissioner’s office will make sure Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t “repay” Rakuten

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:06 PM EST

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    Japanese pitching superstar Masahiro Tanaka is expected to earn upwards of $100 million when the bidding process among Major League Baseball teams is all said and done. According to Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Takibana, Tanaka said he would like to help out the Golden Eagles, with whom he played for seven years in the…

  10. Rangers GM Jon Daniels closes the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving them $9 million shy of last season’s Opening Day…

  11. The Yankees have already spoken to Masahiro Tanaka’s agent

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:04 PM EST

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    Lots of teams are going to be in on Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees are moving quickly: Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the team has reached out to Tanaka’s agent, Casey Close. Close, of course, is Derek Jeter‘s agent, so there’s an existing relationship there. And the Yankees could use a starting pitcher pretty…

  12. Masahiro Tanaka expected to command at least $17 million a year

    Dec 27, 2013, 7:43 AM EST

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    He’s being posted and the team that signs a deal with him will have to cut a check to the Rakuten Golden Eagles for $20 million. Now Bob Nightengale is hearing about what Masahiro Tanaka‘s salary might be expected to be: Team officials involved in Tanaka sweepstakes say the Japanese star will cost a minimum…

  13. Masahiro Tanaka bidding begins on Thursday morning and will conclude by January 24

    Dec 25, 2013, 5:15 PM EST

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    Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings this past summer for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball and was cleared on Tuesday evening to pursue his dream of pitching at the sport’s highest level: Major League Baseball. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily…

  14. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  15. Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to make the jump to MLB

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    masahiro tanaka getty japan

    Some breaking baseball news this Christmas Eve. Via the translating skills of the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, Sponichi in Japan is reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to go through with posting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, allowing him to depart for Major League Baseball. Rakuten had second thoughts about allowing Tanaka to leave…

  16. The Rays are in no rush to trade David Price

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

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    After the Mariners signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract two weeks ago, many predicted that the next shoe to drop would be a trade with the Rays for David Price. But reports indicated that the Rays would only let go of the left-hander if the Mariners included Taijuan Walker in…

  17. Rakuten insists that it has still not decided whether or not its posting Mashiro Tanaka

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Despite yesterday’s reports that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided not to post Masahiro Tanaka, the team insists that it is still having internal discussions on the matter and has not made a decision one way or another. There is no timetable for decision, and players can be posted up until February 1. While it’s…

  18. Report: Rakuten will not allow Masahiro Tanaka come to the United States

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:06 AM EST

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    Big news from Japan this morning. The New York Times passes along reports from Japan that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not post Masahiro Tanaka. Rather, as reported last night, they are going to offer him a contract in the neighborhood of $8 million and force him to stay in Japan. This would be way…

  19. Some random crazy video of Masahiro Tanaka on a variety show will make it all better

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Bored? Cold? Stressed by the holidays and your team’s lack of good hot stove moves? Never fear, Japanese variety shows are here. Featuring future MLBer — we think, anyway — Masahiro Tanaka, doing silly dances: Thanks to Dan Zinski at FanSided for finding this gem, and thanks to HBT reader NatsLady for pointing it out…

  20. Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to be posted after all

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:57 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    This morning there was a report that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would try to persuade Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan. Now, late this afternoon, comes word that they will grant his wish to be posed after all. The report comes from Sanspo.com, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. As previously reported, the new…

  21. The Rakuten Golden Eagles are trying to convince Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:58 AM EST

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    Masahiro Tanaka wants to play in the United States. To do that, his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, have to agree to post him. Under the new posting rules agreed to by MLB and NPB, Rakuten stands to get $20 million, which is way less than posting teams used to get. And they’d lose their…

  22. Japanese teams pitching in to help Masahiro Tanaka’s team get rid of him

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    This is pretty awesome. Because the posting fee for Japanese players is now capped at $20 million, teams have a way lower incentive to post their players, as they used to be able to get way more. That’s been the holdup for Rakuten, the team which is trying to decide if it will post Masahiro…

  23. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EST

    Winter Meetings pic

    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  24. MLB, NPB agree to a new posting system

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:52 AM EST

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    It’s been a long time coming — and was mostly agreed to a couple of days ago — but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB and NPB have an agreement in place on a new posting system that now only requires ratification by baseball’s executive council. That approval is expected. The…

  25. We could soon get some clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EST

    tanaka getty

    We have seen some conflicting reports in recent days about whether the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post much-hyped right-hander Masahiro Tanaka this winter, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports brings word on why there could finally be some clarity on the situation this week: The will-he-or-won’t-he question may find resolution in the next couple of…

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