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07:38 AM ET 01.17 | Though teams on the coasts are most often associated with Masahiro Tanaka, don't count out the Midwest hub of Chicago just yet. According to an industry source, both the Cubs and White Sox are still seriously in the hunt for the Japanese right-hander, along with the Yankees and Dodgers. The White Sox have been the only team publicly to acknowledge meeting with Tanaka and his agent, Casey Close, in Los Angeles last week. ... A source said seven teams met with Tanaka before he returned to Japan. He has until Jan. 24 to sign with a major league team that will have to pay a posting fee of $20 million to Tanaka's former team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. The Yankees have their sights set on the 25-year-old, and most consider the Dodgers their primary rivals for obtaining Tanaka.

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January 17, 2014  07:46 AM ET

Just Say No To Chicago, Bro.

January 17, 2014  07:49 AM ET

So is my Grandmother and she's been dead for 60 years.

These monotonous stories need to stop. Report when he signs and leave this other drivel alone.

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January 17, 2014  08:58 AM ET

Waste of money.

January 17, 2014  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's been goin to LA, NY, Chi, Toronto, Texas...Then he'll sign with the Twins.

My money is on the Marlins! Luria is loaded... or is he just nuts??

January 17, 2014  10:25 AM ET

If he is coming over just for the money then sign with one o f the Chicago teams, if coming over for the money and a chance to win, then you sign with a California team or East Coast team.

January 17, 2014  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Waste of money.

I'm not buying this guy either.

January 17, 2014  11:24 AM ET

He will be a Yankee.

Dodgers just committed 215 million to Kershaw, and have hundreds of millions tied up in untradeable players (Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett). They have Kemp and Ethier as well making muchos blingo.

No way he signs with a mid-western club. Cubs have not won EVER, and are no closer this season than last, which was abysmal. Chi-Sox are way too low profile to maximize other earning opportunities.

New York has a huge Asian media contingent, (witnessed in the Hideki Matsui years) and Japanese fans back home are very familiar with the iconic Yankee tradition, making it far more lucrative to sign there. Player and agent would have to be clueless to sign elsewhere.

January 17, 2014  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Waste of money.

He will be overpaid, for sure. But, waste of money? I disagree. I think he has the chance to be a solid #2 for years. A guy that could win 15-17 games a season is always a great pickup.

No way he can match the hype, but he will be an above-average pitcher, barring injury, for sure.

January 17, 2014  11:36 AM ET
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He will be a Yankee.Dodgers just committed 215 million to Kershaw, and have hundreds of millions tied up in untradeable players (Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett). They have Kemp and Ethier as well making muchos blingo. No way he signs with a mid-western club. Cubs have not won EVER, and are no closer this season than last, which was abysmal. Chi-Sox are way too low profile to maximize other earning opportunities. New York has a huge Asian media contingent, (witnessed in the Hideki Matsui years) and Japanese fans back home are very familiar with the iconic Yankee tradition, making it far more lucrative to sign there. Player and agent would have to be clueless to sign elsewhere.

I don't think he gives a rats *** about the "iconic Yankee tradition".

He's gonna go to the highest bidder.

January 17, 2014  12:18 PM ET
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So is my Grandmother and she's been dead for 60 years.These monotonous stories need to stop. Report when he signs and leave this other drivel alone.

Tanaka has exactly 9 days and minutes to sign with whom ever he pleases

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January 17, 2014  12:59 PM ET

^^^Lighten up FN, that wasn't even offensive.

January 17, 2014  01:01 PM ET
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I don't think he gives a rats *** about the "iconic Yankee tradition". He's gonna go to the highest bidder.

Do you seriously think anyone is going to outbid the Yanks when he is #1 on their to-do list?

Check Forbes list of baseball's most lucrative franchises for help.

And the comment about playing in New York is obvious - off field opportunities to make eons more $$$ than playing in the midwest was my point.

So, to sum it up... I was actually arguing your point. PLaying in New York, for the Yankees (sell more Tanaka jerseys, hats, cards etc. in Japan and worldwide wearing the famed NY, then an unkown hat such as the Chi-Sox. He will undoubtedly make boatloads more cash.

The only way he doesn't sign in NY is if he doesn't make money his #1 priority.. and no reports have suggested he is willing to take less to play elsewhere.

January 17, 2014  01:05 PM ET
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Do you seriously think anyone is going to outbid the Yanks when he is #1 on their to-do list?Check Forbes list of baseball's most lucrative franchises for help.And the comment about playing in New York is obvious - off field opportunities to make eons more $$$ than playing in the midwest was my point.So, to sum it up... I was actually arguing your point. PLaying in New York, for the Yankees (sell more Tanaka jerseys, hats, cards etc. in Japan and worldwide wearing the famed NY, then an unkown hat such as the Chi-Sox. He will undoubtedly make boatloads more cash. The only way he doesn't sign in NY is if he doesn't make money his #1 priority.. and no reports have suggested he is willing to take less to play elsewhere.

Unknown hat? Your comments keep getting better.

January 17, 2014  03:34 PM ET

Bad time of the year to invite a man from Japan to the MidWest and convince him this is where he wants to be.

January 17, 2014  03:36 PM ET
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He will be overpaid, for sure. But, waste of money? I disagree. I think he has the chance to be a solid #2 for years. A guy that could win 15-17 games a season is always a great pickup. No way he can match the hype, but he will be an above-average pitcher, barring injury, for sure.

Todays contracts will pale in five years to the money thrown at players. LA or NY. Period.

January 18, 2014  01:11 PM ET
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Unknown hat? Your comments keep getting better.

Yeah, that Chi-Sox hat is a world-wide best-seller. It is a brand unto its own. That is why the Sox haul in so many top free agents. There is so much earning potential playing in Chicago for the White Sox, right? It is a very high-end place to play for sure.

 
January 18, 2014  05:52 PM ET

Yeah right! They have been eating those brownies made in Colorado???

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