It appears that we are nearing the completion of the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, this according to David Kaplan.
Tanaka, who is currently reviewing at least five potential offers (we know the Chicago Cubs made a formal offer and suspect the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers did as well) and is likely to decide by either Tuesday or Wednesday where he plans to spend the next five to six years of his career.
He also told me decision should come Tuesday/Wednesday so addtl. medicals happen. Deal must be finalized by 5 pm Friday. No exceptions.
‘He’ would be an American League scout who was speaking to Kaplan in regards to the Tanaka situation.
For what it’s worth, Kaplan reiterated on Sunday that he believes the Chicago Cubs – despite their heavy interest – are still considered to be a long shot in regards to signing the 25-year-old Tanaka.
Both the Dodgers and Yankees have been long viewed as the favorite while teams like the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks have attempted to get a bid in as well.
It’s expected Tanaka will be given a contract over $120 million dollars.