With the deadline for the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes on Friday, it seems the competition could wind down to only two teams as the week goes by.
There is word coming out that Tanaka is now deciding between the Yankees and the Cubs. There was early rumbling Tanaka would preferably enjoy the West Coast more than the East Coast, leaving the Cubs out of the picture. Now it seems it may not be the case.
Last week, a news report came out that five teams had offered Tanaka a contract: The Yankees, Dodgers, White Sox, Diamondbacks and the Cubs. Adding to the reports, the Diamondbacks made an offer of $120 Million. With the entire Tanaka situation, I learned to take things with a grain of salt until things are certain.
I would expect an announcement on the Tanaka situation either tomorrow or Wednesday, just so the team that signs him can get him in for physicals and have him officially on their roster by Friday. If there’s any chance Tanaka plays baseball in the United States this season, he’ll have to sign with a team by the end of the week.