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[1/12/2014] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

by on Jan.12, 2014 @ 2:39 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka updates from Sunday, January 12, 2014:

  • Tanaka returned to Japan on Saturday after spending about fifty hours in Los Angeles -- four days, two nights.
  • He got a physical and then met with at least six MLB teams.
  • Over thirty reporters were at the airport in Los Angeles (he avoided the media by using a separate check-in counter) and Narita (he did not respond to questions by the media).
  • The trip to the United States was most likely about getting the physical out of the way to address any concerns teams might have about his health.
  • Teams most likely did not present any specific contractual terms during their meetings with him.  Discussions likely focused on things like team environment and facilities.
  • He will resume him training in the Kanto region until the 17th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014, Sponichi 1/12/2014

[UPDATE @ 3:19pm]

Sports Hochi believes it might come down to three teams: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/12/2014

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The Dodgers will reportedly go "all-out in their efforts to sign Tanaka, saying they and certainly won't be out-bid" according to a tweet by USA Today's Bob Nightengale on January 11.