November 9, 2013 – 1:23 am
by Ryan Phillips
Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be one of the most sought-after players on baseball’s free agent market this winter. Someone will almost surely pay the 25-year-old right-hander a ton of money, and apparently the New York Yankees are willing to do just that to get him.
Tanaka is considered by far the best free agent pitcher available this winter but there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding him as far as when bidding will take place, who his agent will be and just what he is seeking for a contract. That said, it is all but guaranteed that Tanaka will become the most expensive import in baseball history. The Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Giants are almost certain to bid on him, while some smaller market teams will likely get involved as well.
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