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[1/11/2014] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

by on Jan.11, 2014 @ 11:51 am, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka updates from Saturday, January 11, 2014:

According to Nikkan Sports:

  • The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have likely met with Tanaka in the Beverly Hills area.
  • Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Ken Williams, General Manager Rick Hahn, and Manager Robin Ventura met Tanaka.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers and Owner Ken Kendrick met Tanaka.  They may have offered him the number eighteen.
  • Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts, President Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer, and Manager Rick Renteria met Tanaka.  They may have shown him a video of their various facilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2014

According to Sponichi:

  • Tanaka met with six to eight teams on the 9th (US time) for about thirty to forty minutes each.
  • Chicago White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf was also in attendance.
  • Tanaka could meet teams like the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays on the 10th (US time)/11th (Japan time).

Source: Sponichi 1/11/2014

[UPDATE @ 2:58pm]

According to a tweet by the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, Tanaka's top three cities are Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.

Source: Daily Sports 1/11/2014

[UPDATE @ 6:29pm]

Tanaka flew into Narita Airport out of Los Angeles today.  He did not speak to the media.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/11/2014

2 comments on “[1/11/2014] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

  1. EJH

    “…Tanaka top three cities are Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.”

    Obviously, Tanaka has never been to Boston nor met any Bostonians (I speak from experience).

  2. IM

    Teams 1,2 & 4 in payroll, they play to win and will probably pay him the biggest contract, though Boston has been downplaying their interest.
    Still crossing my fingers for the Mariners, but I would be happy to see him go to LA.

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