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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: Cubs to 'outbid' field on Masahiro Tanaka

The Chicago Cubs refuse to go away in the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes.

Despite multiple reports suggesting the Cubs are a ‘long shot’ to sign the Japanese sensation, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score (who has been on top of the situation from the start) is being told the Cubs plan to outbid any and all teams in both money and years.

Industry sources believe the Cubs will outbid the field on money and years. None of the clubs know other teams bids.

This of course comes on the heels of a report suggesting the New York Yankees were being ‘very aggressive’ in their bid for Tanaka.

Tanaka’s deadline to sign a Major League contract is this coming Thursday and given a team will need to complete a physical on him before the deal becomes official, it’s expected Tanaka will sign on the dotted line possibly as soon as Tuesday or potentially Wednesday.

In addition to a contract that will likely exceed $120 million over the course of six-years, the ‘winning’ team will also need to pay Masahiro Tanaka’s posting fee of $20 million dollars.

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