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.