Masahiro Tanaka updates from US sources via Japanese media.
The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham writes that while the Boston Red Sox are "impressed with the talents of Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka, they do not expect to be contenders for his services." Source: Boston Globe 1/4/2014
The Daily News' Bill Madden notes that the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Mariners, Angels, Rangers, Dodgers (possible), and Oakland (sleeper) could all be interested in Tanaka. Source: Daily News 1/4/2014
ESPN has posted a couple of articles about potential landing destinations. Andrew Marchand goes over why the Seattle Mariners could be the favorites. Jim Bowden lists five teams with the best shots and Dan Szymborski ranks teams with the most to gain (both insider articles).
FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal mentions that the Arizona Diamondbacks could make an offer in the 140 US million dollar range (includes twenty million posting fee). Source: ESPN 1/3/2014 via Sponichi 1/4/2014
Andruw Jones is apparently drawing some interest from MLB teams, according to MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo. NBCSports Hardball Talk's Bill Baer adds that the best Jones might be able to get in the United States is a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
Former Hanshin Tiger Brooks Conrad signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. The deal does not include a spring training invite. From MLB.com's Joey Nowak:
The Padres have signed 33-year-old infielder Brooks Conrad to a Minor League deal, though it does not include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
... Conrad spent last year with the Japan Central League's Hanshin Tigers, batting .175 (10-for-57) over 24 games.