Jan 30, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club’s departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at ...

Jan 21, 2014

Tanaka keeps quiet about contract negotiations

With the deadline for him to sign a deal with a major league club looming, Masahiro Tanaka worked out in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ indoor practice facility on Tuesday and said nothing about his potential destination. The pitcher, who has been practicing with ...

Jan 18, 2014

Dodgers maintain interest in Tanaka

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still pursuing pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, general manager Ned Colletti said on Friday. At a news conference to announce the $215 million deal for two-time NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, Colletti said he has been in touch regularly ...

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Jan 17, 2014

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Highly sought-after pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is likely to narrow down his preferences among major league suitors in the coming days, a member of his staff said Friday. “There is about a week left, so I think that is something that is going to start ...

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Jan 11, 2014

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka returned to Japan Saturday from a short visit with major league clubs in the Los Angeles area. The 25-year-old Tanaka presumably has met, along with his agent Casey Close, a number of big league teams who have shown interest in ...

Jan 9, 2014

Tanaka heads to U.S. to meet with MLB clubs

Japanese ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who will aim to move to the major leagues through the new posting system, has already left for the United States to hold talks with big league clubs, informed sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. Tanaka, 25, is scheduled ...

Posting period for Tanaka starts

Dec 27, 2013

Posting period for Tanaka starts

The bidding for star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has begun. All 30 major league teams have been notified that the 30-day period to sign the 25-year-old right-hander began on Thursday, according to Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan. Clubs have until Jan. 24 to attempt ...