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MLB Free Agency: New York Yankees have contacted Masahiro Tanaka’s agent

The hunt for Japanese right handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has officially started and surprise, surprise, the New York Yankees are a top contender.

According to Newsday.com, the New York Yankees have already contacted Masahiro Tanaka’s agent, Casey Close. Close was just hired recently by Tanaka after he was posted, because you know every baseball player needs someone to help get them money.

Now there was a rumor about the Seattle Mariners being New York’s toughest competition in the Tanaka Sweepstakes but Seattle may be nearing their payroll limit. The Los Angeles Dodgers could be in the hunt for Tanaka, but they’re currently in talks with Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez about long-term deals.

Kershaw is a top priority and I know they want Ramirez to stay in Los Angeles for at least four or five more years. So right now the only competition this team could be facing are the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs have always been open to improving their pitching rotation and could get exactly what they need with Masahiro Tanaka. We’ll see how this thing plays out, but I expect nothing but a dog fight between the Yankees and Cubs.

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