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Sleeper team in Masahiro Tanaka talks?

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09:34 AM ET 01.05 | The race is on for the services of Masahiro Tanaka, with at least a half-dozen clubs ( Yankees, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Mariners, Angels, Rangers and possibly the Dodgers) all believed to be ready to throw more than $100 million at a starting pitcher who hasn't thrown a single pitch in the major leagues. And at least one major league exec is speculating about another real sleeper team in the sweepstakes. "Watch out for Oakland," the exec said. "They've got as much money as any team and they like doing these big international things -- as with their signing of (Yoenis) Cespedes and the fact they were second to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman five years ago."

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Masahiro Tanaka, Getty Images Masahiro Tanaka, Getty Images
January 5, 2014  09:38 AM ET

Snooze And Lose, Bros.

January 5, 2014  10:15 AM ET

Wow! Looked at the photo, I can read Japanese. They do make their S a little funny, but I go ****.

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January 5, 2014  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wow! Looked at the photo, I can read Japanese. They do make their S a little funny, but I go ****.

There is still time for you to get to a church, hang your head and ask forgiveness. But you have to mean it, you can't just say the words....

January 5, 2014  11:54 AM ET

If the Yankees land Tanaka, then they need to sign Balfour as their closer.

January 5, 2014  01:52 PM ET

Someone should check with ESPN's Chrissy Broussard and we might find out that the Knicks and Dodgers have had internal trade talks...

January 5, 2014  06:24 PM ET

Going to Oakland, would make the pitching Rich, Richer!!!

January 5, 2014  11:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If the Yankees land Tanaka, then they need to sign Balfour as their closer.

if the yanks are able to land Tanaka, means it could be difficult in signing Balfour why?
the team could be gone over the spending limit!!!

January 5, 2014  11:52 PM ET

the angels aren't signing him,rather they would take a two step backwards at most!!!

 
January 6, 2014  10:37 AM ET

I'll still be surprised if he lands anywhere other than with the Yankees.

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