Tanaka-Mania Ready To Enter The United States
Standout Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is ready to come to the United States.
The Rakuten Eagles agreed to Tanaka’s preference to try Major League Baseball after an easy 24-0 season with a 1.27 ERA. This means that the Japanese team will post the pitcher today, allowing teams to bid a maximum of $20 million for its services.
If multiple teams bid the maximum, Tanaka will be free to sign with any team he chooses.
New York Yankees have rumored to have huge interest in the pitcher, even considering their off-season a failure if they do not sign him. Other teams rumored interested include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners (who may not have much money left after signing Robinson Cano), Texas Rangers and possibly more.
He spoke to the AP, expressing his excitement in the new challenge, and money about to come the way of the 25-year-old.
“I’m grateful to the team for allowing me to try. Now, I’ve made a first step. I hope I would receive offers from as many teams as possible so I have a wider option.”
The bidding will end January 24, where Tanaka can then negotiate a contract with the highest bidder.