Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on Power Alley on MLB Network Radio just announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers have let their intentions surrounding Masahiro Tanaka be known.
In what should not be considered breaking news, the Dodgers have announced that they are all-in on the Japanese right handed sensation and won’t be outbid. Since even before Tanaka had actually been posted, the Dodgers were long considered to be the favorites to land him, with their only other (financial) competition coming from the Yankees. The Yankees have been going back and forth as to whether they will be above or below the $189 million luxury tax threshold.
Nearly every single team in Major League Baseball has been reported to be in on Tanaka, as whoever ends up signing him will only have to pay $20 million over two years to the Rakuten Golden Eagles as a posting fee. Tanaka has been projected to earn a 6-8 year deal at potentially $20 million per year.