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MLB Free Agency: Los Angeles Dodgers offer Masahiro Tanaka a contract

The January 24th deadline to sign Masahiro Tanaka is beginning to creep up on the teams who are hoping to bring him on board. Teams have visited with Tanaka when he was in the United States last week. He recently flew back home to Japan to be with his family.

Now his wife prefers the west coast, I’m guessing she would rather have warm weather all year round. He’s already received offers from the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and now the Los Angeles Dodgers according to MLB.com.

The Dodgers have been in talks with National League Cy Young award winning Clayton Kershaw and were able to sign him to a long-term extension. The contract that teams are offering him could range anywhere between six to seven years for $120-$135 million.

No word on what the Dodgers have offered Tanaka, but they were also interested in locking up infielder Hanley Ramirez long-term. Ramirez wants to remain a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the rest of his playing career. Both parties have mutual interest.

So now that the Dodgers have offered Tanaka a contract, will Hanley Ramirez have to wait another year to receive a long-term contract if they land the biggest pitching free agent on the market?

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  • Stink Eye

    I’m guessing she would rather have warm weather all year round.

    baseball is a summer sport. I’m sure they will go back to japan when the season is over, aka “the winter”

    • David Alejandro Miniel

      If that were the case, then why would she prefer living on the west coast?

  • Jackson Ebner

    I wouldn’t be in a rush to sign Hanley Ramirez to a long term contract. He tends to look great for short periods of time, then he is either injured, or mediocre. The guy’s got chronic back problems, has a history of attitude problems, and if you sign him now you will be paying high based upon a 6 week hot streak, not his career average numbers. In my experience, it is never a great idea to fall in love with a guy his last team couldn’t wait to get rid of. Let’s see him put together a full season before plunking 20 mil a year for 5 years, you’re going to get more out of this guy if he is playing for a big contract, than if he is locked up thru his mid thirties. I suspect if you sign him now you’re going to overpay based on what you’re going to get. I rather see them sign Tanaka, there are risks associated with him as well, but I suspect he’s going to be both very good and fun to watch.