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07:32 AM ET 12.26 | For the Yankees, the clock is set on Masahiro Tanaka. With the Japanese right-hander free to seek a major league job, a 30-day window has been established for clubs to sign him. The opening bell will be rung on Thursday when Tanaka and his new agent, Casey Close, can begin discussions with interested teams that first submit a posting fee capped at $20 million. The righty has until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to strike a deal with a US club. The Yankees might appear as the obvious favorite to sign Tanaka, but the Dodgers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Angels and Red Sox all have been mentioned as teams with interest and enough payroll flexibility to make a charge. The Yankees are expected to have an answer on Alex Rodriguez's situation by Jan. 24, too.

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December 26, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Of the teams that can afford to be in on the bidding, the Yankees have the greatest need and they have plenty enough money to offer. It's going to come down to who gets craziest. We have a track record that says we get pretty damn crazy.

December 26, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Of the teams that can afford to be in on the bidding, the Yankees have the greatest need and they have plenty enough money to offer. It's going to come down to who gets craziest. We have a track record that says we get pretty damn crazy.

Indeed...

December 26, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Of the teams that can afford to be in on the bidding, the Yankees have the greatest need and they have plenty enough money to offer. It's going to come down to who gets craziest. We have a track record that says we get pretty damn crazy.

Agree ,it will be interesting to see their biggest compitition will be. I don't expect Boston to have much interest at all.

December 26, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Not sure if Yanks have $$$. Ol' George ain't running the ship no more, and they are looking to keep the cap below $ 200 mil. Not sure if that will happen if they sign Tanaka. With the way Aroid is lawyered up, and the way Players assoc is defending him, there is no way in heck that he will be suspended. So, there's $ 28 mil already. Then you add Texeira's $ 23 mil, CC's $ 23 mil, Vernon Wells $ 21 mil, Soraiano $ 18 mil, Jeter $ 13 mil, Ellsbury $ 20 mil. Let's do the math... 7 players getting $ 146 mil. now.. if it was 2015, Salary numbers look ok since Jeter, Wells, and Soriano comes off book. With $52 mil coming off book, Yanks might take a shot at Tanaka. But at this point, there is no way Yanks can pull this up without getting destroyed by Luxury tax. Again, Oldman George would not have cared, but looks like his two sons do.

December 26, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Right now this is where they stand.

$172.322 million
Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million)
CC Sabathia ($24.4 million)
Mark Teixeira ($22.5 million)
Jacoby Ellsbury ($21.857 million)
Brian McCann ($17 million)
Hiroki Kuroda ($16.085 million)
Carlos Beltran ($15 million)
Derek Jeter ($12.81 million)
Ichiro Suzuki ($6.5 million)
Alfonso Soriano ($4 million)
Kelly Johnson ($3 million)
Brendan Ryan ($1.67 million)
Vernon Wells ($0)

December 26, 2013  09:11 AM ET

He will look good in Pin Stripes and That NY Logo!!

December 26, 2013  09:20 AM ET

It's going to be interesting to see how high the bidding goes on this guy.

December 26, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I'll be seriously surprised if the Yanks don't land this guy.

December 26, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'll be seriously surprised if the Yanks don't land this guy.

I just want the price driven up through the roof.

December 26, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not sure if Yanks have $$$. Ol' George ain't running the ship no more, and they are looking to keep the cap below $ 200 mil. Not sure if that will happen if they sign Tanaka. With the way Aroid is lawyered up, and the way Players assoc is defending him, there is no way in heck that he will be suspended. So, there's $ 28 mil already. Then you add Texeira's $ 23 mil, CC's $ 23 mil, Vernon Wells $ 21 mil, Soraiano $ 18 mil, Jeter $ 13 mil, Ellsbury $ 20 mil. Let's do the math... 7 players getting $ 146 mil. now.. if it was 2015, Salary numbers look ok since Jeter, Wells, and Soriano comes off book. With $52 mil coming off book, Yanks might take a shot at Tanaka. But at this point, there is no way Yanks can pull this up without getting destroyed by Luxury tax. Again, Oldman George would not have cared, but looks like his two sons do.

Doesn't really matter, they'll pay the 50% tax next year and get under for 2015. They can't justify not going all in to their fans after missing the playoffs and taking a hit in attendance in 2013. Tanaka may put them over the luxury tax threshold, depending on the outcome of the A-Rod debacle, my guess is he'll match Braun's 65 games which would save them roughly $11M, but he'll also make them seem like more legitimate contenders which, in turn, puts more people in the seats and increases revenue to offset the luxury tax hit.

December 26, 2013  09:40 AM ET

As Frank Constanza once said: "Hideki Irabu?????????!!!!"

December 26, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Why spend the money? He's already 25 and was only 24-0 last year with a 1.27 ERA.

December 26, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Doesn't really matter, they'll pay the 50% tax next year and get under for 2015. They can't justify not going all in to their fans after missing the playoffs and taking a hit in attendance in 2013. Tanaka may put them over the luxury tax threshold, depending on the outcome of the A-Rod debacle, my guess is he'll match Braun's 65 games which would save them roughly $11M, but he'll also make them seem like more legitimate contenders which, in turn, puts more people in the seats and increases revenue to offset the luxury tax hit.

Having the Red Sox win it all in 2013 puts a little added pressure on the Yanks to spend as well.

December 26, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not sure if Yanks have $$$. Ol' George ain't running the ship no more, and they are looking to keep the cap below $ 200 mil. Not sure if that will happen if they sign Tanaka. With the way Aroid is lawyered up, and the way Players assoc is defending him, there is no way in heck that he will be suspended. So, there's $ 28 mil already. Then you add Texeira's $ 23 mil, CC's $ 23 mil, Vernon Wells $ 21 mil, Soraiano $ 18 mil, Jeter $ 13 mil, Ellsbury $ 20 mil. Let's do the math... 7 players getting $ 146 mil. now.. if it was 2015, Salary numbers look ok since Jeter, Wells, and Soriano comes off book. With $52 mil coming off book, Yanks might take a shot at Tanaka. But at this point, there is no way Yanks can pull this up without getting destroyed by Luxury tax. Again, Oldman George would not have cared, but looks like his two sons do.

With the money the Angels and Cubs are eating Wells' and Soriano's payroll number is about 5 million combined. ARod will definitely be suspended what matters is the length of the suspension. If he is suspended for 2014 it saves them about 33 million.

December 26, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

With the money the Angels and Cubs are eating Wells' and Soriano's payroll number is about 5 million combined. ARod will definitely be suspended what matters is the length of the suspension. If he is suspended for 2014 it saves them about 33 million.

I'm still sticking with 100 games for ARod. Selig badly over played his hand with 211. I don't agree with much that ARod says, but I do agree that Selig has a personal vendetta against him.

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December 26, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Of the teams that can afford to be in on the bidding, the Yankees have the greatest need and they have plenty enough money to offer. It's going to come down to who gets craziest. We have a track record that says we get pretty damn crazy.

like in the russian rulet,,,,,,,the yankees are the front runners,then dodgers,then red sox then halos,,
but who knows this is crazy already!!!

December 26, 2013  10:53 AM ET

I can see the Yankees, Rangers and Dodgers being the biggest players largely because of their local TV contract $$$ advantage. Yankees the favorites with Dodgers as second, both international cities.

 
December 26, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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I'm still sticking with 100 games for ARod. Selig badly over played his hand with 211. I don't agree with much that ARod says, but I do agree that Selig has a personal vendetta against him.

I'm hoping for the whole season, but I'd take 100 games. That's like 2/3 of a season the Yanks would save almost 22 mil.

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