Sweeny: Rakuten Teammate Raves About 'Bulldog' TanakaTo learn more about the next potential star import from Japan, I recently got some thoughts from ex-Yankee Darrell Rasner, who has watched Masahiro Tanaka up close for the past five years.
Reports: Yankees Among The First Teams To Contact Tanaka's RepsAny team hoping to land Tanaka will need to pay the $20 million posting fee plus a contract that could go beyond $100 million.
Report: Tanaka Will Cost A Minimum Of $17 Million Per YearMasahiro Tanaka could command a total contract greater than $100 million and many teams are ready to meet the $20 million posting fee.
Sweeny: Yankees Are Prepared To Go The Extra Mile To Land TanakaYankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti was a guest on WFAN with Jody McDonald on Thursday and said the Bombers have been waiting for this opportunity for some time and plan on sealing the deal.
Posting Period For Japanese Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka Is UnderwayIf Tanaka and a major-league team come to terms, that franchise is required to pay his Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, a posting fee, now capped at $20 million.
Let The Bidding Begin! Rakuten Says Tanaka Can Seek Career In MLBPitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to move to the majors next season after his Japanese team. the Rakuten Golden Eagles, announced Wednesday it was prepared to let him leave, reversing its earlier rejection.
Heyman: Ex-Yank Kevin Youkilis Agrees To Deal With Rakuten Golden EaglesThe 2007 Gold Glove Award winner was limited by injuries in his lone season in the Bronx. He played in just 28 games, hitting .219 with two homers and eight RBIs.
Masahiro Tanaka's Team Reportedly Won't OK Move To MLBThe Yankees -- and the rest of Major League Baseball -- may have to wait another year for a shot at signing Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.