Report: Yanks submitted a formal offer to Tanaka

Nikkan Sports in Japan is reporting that the Yankees are among the teams that put together offers for Masahiro Tanaka to mull over with all of them said to be worth more than $100MM over six years. The other clubs trying to get the Japanese superstar to sign are the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, White Sox and Cubs. All of the offers were made by January 16 and it looks like the decision should be made soon.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Diamondbacks have made no secret of their pursuit of Tanaka this winter, and according to Nikkan, they've offered him a deal for six years and $120MM. Such a contract would be the largest in Diamondbacks history by a wide margin. "Like other teams, we're very interested," CEO Derrick Hall was quoted as saying at a recent meeting of MLB owners. "We want to win this competition." Owner Ken Kendrick also reportedly met with Tanaka directly during his recent tour of clubs in the U.S.


The Dodgers and Yankees are believed to have made equivalent offers, according to Nikkan, while comments by Angels owner Arte Moreno suggest that the team would have trouble fitting Tanaka into its budget.