Japanese born pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is understandably the most coveted available free agent and has just about every team in Major League Baseball interested at some level.
Unfortunately for most, Tanaka isn’t interested in them.
Major market teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees are said to have strong interest in signing Tanaka, who is expected to command upwards of $17 million dollars annually – this in addition to the $20 million dollar posting fee he’ll cost.
One team who has quietly snuck into the Tanaka rumor mill though are the Chicago White Sox, who according to CSNChicago had ‘exploratory’ talks with the 25-year-old pitcher recently:
The White Sox sent a trio of decision-makers to Los Angeles on Thursday to meet with Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and his representatives.
General manager Rick Hahn, executive vice president Kenny Williams and manager Robin Ventura all participated in the meeting with Tanaka, who became a free agent shortly before Christmas.
The chances of the White Sox signing Tanaka are currently unknown.