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MLB Rumors: Minnesota Twins interested in Masahiro Tanaka

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Essentially the best available remaining free agent, teams across Major League Baseball have been clamoring to get their hands on pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

There really isn’t a club who doesn’t have interest in Tanaka – a list that includes the Minnesota Twins who are reportedly looking into signing the high-priced talent:

#MNTwins official on Tanaka: “Long process & very difficult to know where it stands.” Nonetheless, Twins, like many teams, are interested.

Of course, despite the Twins interest, there are a lot of factors going against them.

First off – financials. Minnesota has shown a desire to spend this offseason, but competing against financial powerhouses like the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers simply isn’t possible. Second, beautiful as a place as it can be, Minnesota doesn’t come with the same lure of a big market team.

There’s little doubt the Twins would love to add Tanaka to a re-vamped pitching rotation with includes Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, but it seems to be nothing more than a pipe dream at this point.

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