Dodgers News And Rumors: Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes Almost Over
The wait is almost over. Masahiro Tanaka has just a few days left to decide where he’ll be playing professional baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers are considered to be one of the favorites to land the Japanese pitcher, but there’s no clear indication which team is in the lead to acquire Tanaka.
Earlier this morning Tanaka sent out a tweet misinterpreted tweet suggesting he already picked his team only to have the Japanese media correctly interpret that he couldn’t decide what he should choose as his new Twitter avatar.
Teams that are expected to be in the mix for Tanaka are the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox. The Seattle Mariners are considered to be the dark horse, which wouldn’t be surprising given their acquisition of Robinson Cano.
The Dodgers have weather and location on their side, to go along with their deep pockets, but Tanaka hasn’t hinted at a potential leader in this race. His wife is a pop-star in Japan and supposedly would like to stay on the West Coast, which definitely helps their cause.
The signing of Tanaka would put the Dodgers up their with the best rotation in baseball and more importantly a very good chance to reach the Fall Classic.
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