1/7 Tanaka rumors
The Cubs and White Sox will reportedly meet with Masahiro Tanaka this week, according to Comcast Sportsnet’s Luke Stuckmeyer, who says the Japanese pitcher will most likely be in Chicago to check out both teams. The Cubs declined to comment on the report.
Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, who posted the right-hander for a $20 million fee. The bidding for Tanaka will end at 4 p.m. CT on Jan. 24.
There are several teams interested in Tanaka, including the Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Diamondbacks. The Cubs do need starting pitching, but at what price? The Japanese pitcher is reportedly seeking a contract that will likely top $100 million.
— Carrie Muskat