MLB rumors: Seattle Mariners team to watch in Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Fireworks explode over the left field stands of Safeco Field concluding fan appreciation night against the Oakland Athletics against the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

There isn’t a team in Major League Baseball who doesn’t have interest in free agent pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. Of course, only a select handful actually have the money to sign Tanaka – who’s expected to receive an annual contract worth at least $17 million dollars.

One such team with available funds though are the Seattle Mariners, who according to rival executives could be among the favorites to land the Japanese native as they expect Seattle has one more big move up their sleeve:

It’s early on Tanaka watch. But constant theme from interested teams is: Watch out for is Seattle Mariners. Execs think they have one big move left

No team has a bigger Japanese influance than the Mariners, who are seemingly planning to use that to their advantage in hopes of signing the 25-year-old Tanaka.

They’ll certainly face stiff competition from teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, but the Mariners appear to be in the mix – if not atop the wishlist at the current time.

Seattle has also been in the hunt for Nelson Cruz, however he’s likely to become an afterthought if Seattle can snag Tanaka.

Topics: Masahiro Tanaka, Seattle Mariners

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