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07:27 AM ET 12.30 | Not only are teams interested in Masahiro Tanaka, but Major League Baseball also has a keen eye on where he winds up early in 2014. [MLB] is so concerned over possible circumvention of the new posting agreement that it has asked Masahiro Tanaka's Japanese club to provide written assurances it has no side deal with the ace pitcher. The letter, sent by MLB to the Rakuten Golden Eagles via the Nippon Professional Baseball office, follows a Los Angeles Times report Friday that MLB intended to ensure Rakuten got no more than the allowable $20 million for making Tanaka available to MLB clubs. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed Sunday that the league had sent the letter and requested those assurances. It was not immediately clear how Rakuten might respond.

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December 30, 2013  08:31 AM ET

He even looks a little like Dice K. Does he rub the sweat off his neck as well ?

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December 30, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He even looks a little like Dice K. Does he rub the sweat off his neck as well ?

Yeah, I used to think that about snow flakes until I was corrected. Now they all look different.

December 30, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Rayciss.

I think he looks like Midori Ito.

December 30, 2013  09:38 AM ET

What's this about the Yankees paying Rakuten $40million for a Hello Kitty doll and 3 pounds of rice?

December 30, 2013  09:42 AM ET

I think Rakuten should tell MLB to go pound sand.

December 30, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think he looks like Midori Ito.

Nah, he looks like the housemaid on the old TV show Eddie's Father.

December 30, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What's this about the Yankees paying Rakuten $40million for a Hello Kitty doll and 3 pounds of rice?

Just a Christmas gift. T'is the season of giving.

December 30, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Nah, he looks like the housemaid on the old TV show Eddie's Father.

You know Eddie's father was taking a trip to the Tokyo fish market every night!

December 30, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think he looks like Midori.

The melon liqueur?

Man, I remember chicks in the 80's really used to dig that ****...........

December 30, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think Rakuten should tell MLB to go pound sand.

What, and awake a sleeping giant?!?!?!?!?!?

No Moosie-San, that bad idea!

December 30, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Nah, he looks like the housemaid on the old TV show Eddie's Father.

Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek.

December 30, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You know Eddie's father was taking a trip to the Tokyo fish market every night!

Blind man walking by fish market.." Hi Girls."

December 30, 2013  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Blind man walking by fish market.." Hi Girls."

Love it!!!

December 30, 2013  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek.

So Kirk tagged her, too?
Man, between Bill Bixby and Shatner you're really dragging the bottom of the acting ability barrel there.

December 30, 2013  02:14 PM ET
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I think Rakuten should tell MLB to go pound sand.

They may want to, but Japanese businesses are smart.
They'll agree to whatever MLB wants for assurance, and then may quietly agree with Tanaka that "what happens in Japan stays in Japan" and cut a deal "the Amelicans don't need to know about".

December 30, 2013  03:14 PM ET
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They may want to, but Japanese businesses are smart. They'll agree to whatever MLB wants for assurance, and then may quietly agree with Tanaka that "what happens in Japan stays in Japan" and cut a deal "the Amelicans don't need to know about".

Round Eye find out Joe!!!

December 30, 2013  05:07 PM ET
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So Kirk tagged her, too?Man, between Bill Bixby and Shatner you're really dragging the bottom of the acting ability barrel there.

What in God's name are you talking about?

December 30, 2013  08:38 PM ET
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Round Eye find out Joe!!!

Japanese deny everythling, Japanese courts uphold.

 
December 30, 2013  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think Rakuten should tell MLB to go pound sand.

its doubtfull the nakata's club will speak up lightly and tell the truth about their plan B!!

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