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07:27 AM ET 01.09 | The pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka has advanced to a new phase. [Japanese news media outlets] reported that Tanaka had arrived in the United States on Wednesday to begin meeting with teams interested in signing him. It is not known how many teams he will visit, but there is a deadline. Tanaka, 25, a highly regarded right-handed pitcher, was posted by the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last month and has until Jan. 24 to complete a deal with a major league team. ... Several major league teams have expressed interest. The Yankees, who expect the bidding to exceed $100 million, plan to be aggressive. If Tanaka visits multiple teams, a stop at Yankee Stadium is likely to be on his agenda. Tanaka is represented by Casey Close, Derek Jeter's longtime agent.

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Masahiro Tanaka, Icon Sports Masahiro Tanaka, Icon Sports
January 9, 2014  07:47 AM ET

"Now we try Times Square peep show."
"Sorry, Masahiro, those were closed down years ago."
<stone face>
"To JFK, next city!!!"

January 9, 2014  07:57 AM ET

This time of year, that will really make an impression.

January 9, 2014  07:58 AM ET

Show him the Godfather, with subtitles, then take him down to the ship yards and make him an offer he can not refuse.

January 9, 2014  08:02 AM ET
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Show him the Godfather, with subtitles, then take him down to the ship yards and make him an offer he can not refuse.

Japanese gangsters make the NY mob look like the Keystone Kops.

January 9, 2014  08:24 AM ET
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Show him the Godfather, with subtitles, then take him down to the ship yards and make him an offer he can not refuse.

Show him Jimmy Hoffa's tomb. And, make him an offer he can't refuse.

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January 9, 2014  09:35 AM ET

Rumor has it the ARod decision will be released today.

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January 9, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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Oh look. Corky is still whiffing my balloon knot.

<pulls up chair, grabs the popcorn and waits for the show to commence>

January 9, 2014  10:01 AM ET
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<pulls up chair, grabs the popcorn and waits for the show to commence>

<pulls up chair next to clem and reaches for some popcorn>

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January 9, 2014  10:11 AM ET

we takin bets on where he goes?


Jay Gruden is the new Skins coach too


mornin all

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January 9, 2014  10:12 AM ET

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