On Friday, the Chicago Cubs became the first team to give Masahiro Tanaka an official ‘bid’ – a move that was quickly followed by multiple teams (reports have said five teams currently have offers in on Tanaka).
What type of money being offered to the 25-year-old Japanese sensation is unknown, though Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears bidding could go as high as six years and $120 million dollars.
Yes, the Cubs are making their best push for Tanaka, but can what the Dodgers offer trump the Cubs? Then it becomes a question of where does Tanaka really want to play? Chicago is enticing — and Theo Epstein can be very convincing — and Tanaka could certainly be a building block, which could be important given Tanaka’s ego. We’re hearing the terms could get as high as six years, $120 million, and it could be decided ahead of the Jan. 24 deadline.
The $120 million dollar mark isn’t exactly shocking as weeks ago we knew the bidding would eclipse the $100 million dollar mark. Keep in mind – this is just Tanaka’s contract and doesn’t including the additional $20 million dollar posting fee the ‘winning’ team will be forced to shell out.
Quite the investment.