Report: Masahiro Tanaka to Meet with Teams in Los Angeles This Week

As expected, the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes has picked up and according to a report from Jon Heyman he is meeting with “as many as a dozen or so teams by Friday in the Los Angeles area.” Tanaka and his agent, Casey Close, started meeting with teams Wednesday. As many as five or six meetings are planned per day.

A report earlier in the week from Comcast SportsNet stated the Cubs and White Sox would be meeting with Masahiro Tanaka, likely in Chicago, this week but according to Heyman that is not the case.

The Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, White Sox and Diamondbacks are among the teams thought to have meetings scheduled with Tanaka this week in Los Angeles. It is unknown, according to Heyman, if the Blue Jays have a meeting scheduled with Tanaka. Toronto has had “multiple discussions” with Tanaka and is also on the long list of teams that includes the Mariners, Tigers, A’s, Giants and Twins that have shown interest in Tanaka.

Jon Heyman could not confirm Tanaka has any meetings scheduled with teams. And his information lines up with what Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert about the process. Teams have been asked to not really say anything or divulge the process or what is happening with it. Kevin Towers explained all of the teams interested in Tanaka are up to speed with what is going on but they have been asked not to share any of it.


According to Heyman, Masahiro Tanaka is “scheduled to be seen by a Los Angeles doctor while there in order to provide a medical status to all the interested teams.” Concern over his workload has raised questions about signing Tanaka to a long term, big money contract. The medical exam would help relieve some of those concerns.

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  • paulcatanese

    Who is Tanaka? Never heard of him:)

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Is that the guy that makes those metal toy trucks?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Google “Tanaka Memorial” and be instructed.

      • paulcatanese

        Got it Rip, nice analogy.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Who would want to hold baseball contract meetings in 20 degree weather in Chicago?……..Tanaka is just telling everyone that the West Coast is his choice.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I’m so tired of this story. Just sign with someone already!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      How about Koyie Hill returning to the Cubs…..would that help your nerves?

      • 07GreyDigger

        If a catcher gets injured, you never know.

    • Tony_Hall

      Two weeks, just 2 more weeks.

  • ChadW

    CubbyDenCritic is spot on, -20 in Chicago? Why don;t you come see me in LA, because this is where I’ll be signing.

    • Brp921

      Yeah playing baseball in below zero weather sucks.

      • Denver Mike

        Don’t interject logic into an emotional debate. :)

    • Tony_Hall

      The Cubs will probably meet him in Mesa at their brand new complex.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Miami / ESPN reporter Dan La Batard got his HOF voting right revoked for a year……gave his ballot to a media outlet to fill out………..this is why HOF needs to reorganize HOF rules………..some of these voters never even watch the game.

    • Denver Mike

      Le Batard’s vote was revoked for life

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Even better !

      • Tom U

        Give Le Batard’s vote to Neil.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          If Neil was voting, we know that Darwin Barney will get a HOF vote.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Darwin Barney’s not even eligible!

          • CubbyDenCritic

            When the time comes.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Future HOF…….
    2015…..Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffied, Craig Biggio
    2016…Ken Griffey Jr, Trevor Hoffman
    2017……Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriquez
    2018…..Chipper Jones, Jim Thome
    2019…….Mariano Rivera

    • Denver Mike

      Sorry, if Piazza doesn’t get in Pudge isn’t either

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Thought about that, but I think Ivan will get in……Piazza really should be HOF…..just no evidence on these guys…..just reckless talk by Reporters who had personal ego issues on various players.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Tanaka and 30 Candidates chances……
    Yanks….Lots of $$$$ & Playoffs makes good combo
    Red Sox…..Still remembering Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Blue Jays…..Going after the Shark
    Orioles…….just kicking the tires
    Rays………Pass
    White Sox……Would just burn Theo’s a***
    Tigers………cutting back
    Royals…….Not a chance
    Twins……..better odds getting Garza
    Indians……Pass
    Mariners…….very good chance
    Rangers…….don’t count them out
    Angels………serious players
    A’s…………..Dark Horse
    Astros……..only if they had Hitters
    Phillies……..I would have say “Yes” three years ago
    Nationals……Maybe
    Mets……….Nope
    Braves……Nope
    Marlins……only if they had Wade & James on the team
    Pirates……..Nope
    Cardinals…..Nope
    Brewers……Not enough Beer in all of Milwaukee
    Reds………Better be Dead then be a Red
    Cubs………Stop laughing
    Dodgers…….one of the Top 3 Teams
    Giants……….Might Happen
    Padres………Won’t Happen
    Rockies…….No Way
    D-Backs…….Sheriff Joe would be a concern

  • chbk72com

    my buddy is a insider in mlb players union and best friend is casey close and he was told its down to the dodgers and Yankees and it will be decided on Monday morning

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I, too, am bff’s with Casey Close, and have it on good authority that the Marlins will win the Tanaka sweepstakes.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I am taking black belt karate lessons with Mother Tanaka, and she says her son will be one rich samurai.

  • chbk72com

    ad he thiks the dodgers have the upper hand and will sign him for less then half the teams were offering

  • chbk72com

    but less years

  • SuzyS

    According to mlbtraderumors.com, our friend Mr.Tanaka was originally scheduled to fly to Chicago…but the frigid weather short-stopped him at LA.http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/01/quick-hits.html
    I find that interesting…I wonder what the wind blowing out of Wrigley might do? :-)

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Tanaka was more concern of the minus wind chill factor to his body.

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