Masahiro Tanaka has Jan 24 signing deadline

Now that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to post pitcher Masahiro Tanaka let the spending begin.

Rakuten will receive $20 million from one major league club who will also have the ability to sign Tanaka. There is no shortage of teams attempting to land the pitcher but the 25-year-old’s eventual contract will eliminate some teams.

Tanaka chose agent Casey Close to represent him. Close is also the agent for Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira to name a few. Both the Dodgers and Yankees are expected to be active in negotiations with Tanaka and will have a Jan 24 deadline of 5:00 pm ET to work out a deal.

Any deal for Tanaka should stop $100 million in total value.

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