1/22 Tanaka to Yankees
The Cubs’ sales pitch to Masahiro Tanaka was not enough. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Japanese pitcher has reportedly signed with the Yankees, agreeing to a seven-year, $155 million deal that includes an opt out after four years. The Cubs did meet with Tanaka in Los Angeles and tried to sell the 25-year-old pitcher on being a part of their bright future. Instead, Tanaka goes to New York and the Cubs head to Spring Training with Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta and several candidates for the fifth spot, including Chris Rusin, Justin Grimm, and Carlos Villanueva.
According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs’ bid to Tanaka was six years, $120 million.
— Carrie Muskat