March 10, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Baseball bats and a Chicago Cubs helmet rests in the bat rack inside the dugout before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Cubs 'pushing hard' to sign Masahiro Tanaka

The Chicago Cubs have not been shy regarding their interest in Japanese pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka.

Recently, it was said Chicago planned to put together a ‘nine-figure’ sum for the 25-year-old sensation, but we’ve heard little from Tanaka about his desire to sign with the Cubs.

It’s been rumored Tanaka’s wife prefers to remain on the West Coast which is why teams like the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have heightened their efforts to sign the talented arm.

But that hasn’t stopped the Cubs from attempting to sign him, who according Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal are ‘pushing hard’ to bring him to the Windy City.

Sources: #Cubs pushing hard for Tanaka. #Angels remain involved, along with others previously mentioned – #Yankees, #Dodgers, etc.

Sadly, some teams are going to be used for nothing more than leverage in contract talks and you can’t help but wonder if the Cubs are that team.

There’s been no word out of Tanaka’s camp at any point that the sinkerball pitcher has interest in Chicago – though the Cubs are doing what they can to change that.

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