The latest on Masahiro Tanaka from Friday, January 10, 2014:
- CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports Tanaka "will see as many as a dozen or so teams by Friday in the Los Angeles area" and that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Arizona Diamondbacks "are believed to be among teams to have already met or at least have meetings planned." The Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers have also been mentioned as teams with interest. Source: CBS Sports 1/9/2014
- The Philadelphia Phillies could be a sleeper team, according to Bleacher Report's Joe Giglio. "Yet, the link between Tanaka and Philadelphia runs deeper than just wins and losses for 2014. The Phillies are a true sleeper in this sweepstakes due to three factors: finances, Amaro's history and the ability to keep their options open over the next few years." Source: bleacher report 1/8/2014 via Nikkan Sports 1/10/2014
- Nikkan Sports notes that Tanaka visited a hospital in Los Angeles for a medical exam. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/10/2014
- Sponichi notes that Tanaka will probably be in the United States for less than a week and that the main purpose for his trip might be the medical exam. Source: Sponichi 1/10/2014
[UPDATE @ 4:09pm]
Tanaka has reportedly met with the Chicago White Sox. From MLB.com's Scott Merkin:
... the team has confirmed, through a statement, its meeting with Tanaka and his representatives in the Los Angeles area on Thursday. Executive vice president Ken Williams, general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura were present at the meeting.
"The meeting was exploratory in nature," Hahn said in the statement. "It was an opportunity for us to sit down with Masahiro and discuss how he potentially fits our vision for the Chicago White Sox for the next several seasons."
This statement continued, "Out of respect for Mr. Tanaka's decision-making process, the White Sox will have no further comment on the status of any additional conversations until he makes his final decision public."
Source: MLB.com 1/9/2014
[UPDATE @ 10:44pm]
From ESPN's Mark Saxon:
... Wednesday Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he has had a couple of conversations with Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, but described the talks as in the "feeling-out," stage. Thursday Dodgers president Stan Kasten indicated the Dodgers aren't expecting to land Tanaka.
"You can be assured we'll investigate everything and, if there's a way that it made sense, I'm sure we would consider it," Kasten told Mark Willard and Ben Lyons on ESPNLA 710 Thursday. "But I wouldn't predict it, I wouldn't hang our hat on it, because I think the team we have right now in place is ready to go to spring training, ready to start the season and ready to compete and win. That's what we're all here for."
Source: ESPN 1/9/2014