Sep 14, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs batting helmet sits on the dugout rail before the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Chicago Cubs first team to make Masahiro Tanaka offer

While the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been viewed as the favorites to sign Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, the Chicago Cubs refuse to go away quietly.

The Cubs, who were reported to be willing to offer Tanaka a ‘nine figure deal’ and are ‘ready to blow away the competition’ for Tanaka’s services have become the first team to officially make an offer to the 25-year-old.

Per Bruce Levine:

Wake up tweeters! Cubs made Tanaka a real offer to be there ace and grow with their other talented young players.

There’s no rumored dollar amount right now and a ‘nine figure’ deal could be from $100 million to $999 million, so that doesn’t hold much weight in regards to a price.

What we do know is the Cubs seem determined to sign Masahiro and no longer can be thought of as just an afterthought in the Tanaka sweepstakes.

With Chicago making the first official offer (which I assume is to be as a starting pitcher, not to become their newest mascot, Clark) more should be rolling in during the coming days.

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