October 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: photo created with an iPhone) General panoramic view of Dodger Stadium before the St. Louis Cardinals play against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Championship Series baseball game. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Masahiro Tanaka’s wife prefers the west coast


Various sources have reported that Japanese free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has another voice in his ear persuading him on where to go. Mai Satoda, Tanaka’s wife, is said to prefer that Tanaka sign with a West Coast team.

Satoda, who married Tanaka in 2012, is a singing sensation and comedienne in Japan. Her preference to be on the West Coast probably doesn’t mean much, especially in light of the Cubs’ recent statement that they would offer a nine-figure salary to the pitcher, but with reports stating that the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the favorites to land Tanaka, it would seem to be a bit of an omen as to where he ends up.

Other suitors for Tanaka’s services include the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Angels. The MLB teams and Tanaka have until January 24th to reach a decision on where he will play.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Los Angeles Dodgers Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Texas Rangers

  • Jimmy DeMarco

    I’ve always been of the opinion that Tanaka would be pitching for a West Coast team from the beginning. Whether it’s the Dodgers, Angels, Seattle or Arizona, I believe he will be on one of those teams within a week. I wouldn’t rule out Texas just yet, but the Dodgers, Arizona and Seattle can offer more money and years.

    Now, with the recent Arod decision handed down, I can’t see anyone out bidding the Yankees, including the Dodgers, regardless of what anyone thinks.
    But I do believe he will end up on the West Coast. And the Yankees will have to scramble to get pitching.

  • Darrell Birkey

    “Her preference to be on the West Coast probably doesn’t mean much, especially in light of the Cubs’ recent statement that they would offer a nine-figure salary to the pitcher”

    Of course the Cubs made no such statement.