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Cubs will challenge for Tanaka

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07:25 AM ET 12.03 | When -- or if -- a new posting system is finalized between Major League Baseball officials and their Japanese counterparts, it is expected that the Yankees and Dodgers will figure heavily in the bidding for Masahiro Tanaka. However, executives from two clubs that expect to at least participate in the bidding said to keep an eye out for the Cubs. An executive for one of the teams said, "They are my stealth candidate here to be really aggressive." The theory: The Cubs are loaded with as many high-end position prospects (Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler) as any club, but do not have pitching anywhere near that. They have tried to sign their best prime-aged starter, Jeff Samardzija, long-term, unsuccessfully, and probably will have to trade him.

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December 3, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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The most important question in this situation is: how old is Tanaka?

He is from Japan, so he is already 14 hours older than he would be if he were born in the US.

December 3, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The most important question in this situation is: how old is Tanaka?

the japanese media had done their investigation,,,and had been told the guy its between 23 and 25 years old,,,should we believe that???doubtfull,,,

December 3, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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He is from Japan, so he is already 14 hours older than he would be if he were born in the US.

the yanks are all the way in for this pitcher,,,they have postef their own bidd for 75 millions to start...

December 3, 2013  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The most important question in this situation is: how old is Tanaka?

Just turned 25 this November.

December 3, 2013  12:35 PM ET

When MLB and the japanese officials decide on the new terms of such deals, it could very well be the highest bidder thing is out the window. That is the hold up. The player will choose which team he wants to play for. MLB trying to make big money teams harder to just step in and control this process....

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December 3, 2013  09:22 PM ET

I think he'll land with the Yankees.

 
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