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07:38 AM ET 12.25 | The ticking of the clock will soon be followed by the sounds of a cash register. Major League teams will have 30 days from the time [Masahiro Tanaka] is officially posted to make the $20 million bid,one that will enable them to negotiate with the player. Tanaka must either agree to a deal with a big-league team before the 30-day window expires or return to Rakuten for another season. As many as a dozen teams are expected to submit the maximum $20 million bid for Tanaka, though that only gives them the opportunity to negotiate with the pitcher. ... Tanaka has not announced which U.S.-based agent will represent him, though a source said that Arn Tellem, who also represents Yu Darvish and was the agent for Hideki Matsui -- two Japaneese players who made the successful jump to MLB -- appears to be the front-runner.

New York Daily News

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December 25, 2013  09:04 AM ET

You Are A Wanted Man, Bro.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Merry Christmas, It's a matter of where he wants to play, he's young with a bright future the money will be their for him!

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December 25, 2013  03:47 PM ET

If Rogers can afford 5.9 billion for NHL rights in Canada for the next ten years, I am certain they can pony up some coin for a frontline starter like this dude.

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December 25, 2013  04:01 PM ET
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Oh, and the Dodgers. I don't see a need, but they got bucks...

Too many analysts seem to only think about the money.
Growing up in Japan, you hear about the Dodgers, Yankees, Mariners and the Red Sox the most. A star Japanese player will only want to play in a major market and having a strong Japanese community is also a factor. LA, NY, Chicago, Seattle and SF are the the most desirable places for the cultural aspect. When you overlap that with winning, it's probably going to end up LA or NY.
Small market teams in the middle of America really are not desirable for Japanese players.

December 25, 2013  04:10 PM ET

I don't see the Tigers as players for this guy. But then again, a lot of things about this off season have not made much sense.

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December 26, 2013  01:54 AM ET

Damn.

Whoever owns the Rakuten Golden Eagles is about to get paid.

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