Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com revealed that the Cubs aren’t the only Chicago team that is willing to break the bank for Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka.
One of the most interesting things in this article is that Garfien speculates that Tanaka isn’t necessarily looking to play for the highest bidder. In an interview with CSN, General Manager Kenny Williams says that he believes that the team made an impression on the 25-year old.
We don’t believe that money will be the biggest factor, so we’re not going to give up until someone tells us ‘no.’
The 99-loss White Sox believe that they might be the place where Tanaka can feel the most comfortable, and Garfien also speculates that the New York and Los Angeles might be markets that have too much pressure for Tanaka to live up to.
Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and has been tied to several clubs. His decision must come by 5:00PM EST on Friday, January 24th, and the team that he signs with will have to pay Rakuten a $20 million posting bid in addition to whatever salary they choose to pay him. Any losing teams do not need to pay the posting fee.