Tanaka arrives in USA to meet with interested clubs
Japanese star pitcher expected to talk with as many as a dozen teams by Friday
The pursuit for Japanese standout Masahiro Tanaka has reportedly reached U.S. soil.
Multiple international news outlets have reported the sought-after righty arrived in America on Wednesday to begin taking meetings with a number of Major League clubs who hope to sign him.
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported Tanaka could see approximately 12 teams by Friday in the Los Angeles area, with the Dodgers, Angels, Cubs, White Sox, Yankees and D-backs among the clubs most interested. Heyman also reported Tanaka was scheduled to see an L.A. area doctor, who could provide a medical update to those interested teams.
Tanaka, 25, has gone 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons in Japan -- including 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year -- and is expected to fetch a contract in the $100 million range, in addition to the expected $20 million posting fee. He was posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles in December and has until January 24 to reach a deal. If he and agent Casey Close can't work out an agreement, Tanaka will return to Japan to play next year.
Heyman reported there has also been interest from the Blue Jays, Mariners, Twins and Rangers, but he said there had been no mention of any meetings between those clubs and the Japanese star.