Latest on rumors of Cubs, White Sox pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka

Latest on rumors of Cubs, White Sox pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka
January 17, 2014, 10:00 am
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CSN Staff

Teams on both sides of town are hoping to be the ones that land prized Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Reports have the Cubs and White Sox in the mix along with big-spending teams from both coasts, including the Yankees, Angels and Dodgers.

CSNChicago.com has been all over the latest plans from the teams to attract Tanaka to the Windy City.

Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney writes that the Cubs are planning to sell Tanaka on Theo Epstein's "Plan" for the future of the franchise on the North Side, with hopes the Japanese import can be a big part of it.

An MLB source tells CSN's David Kaplan that the Cubs “are sitting at the table with the game’s heavyweights” when it comes to teams trying to lure Tanaka.

And then there are the South Siders, with CSN's Chuck Garfien hearing from White Sox president Kenny Williams that the Sox aren't giving up on their pursuit of the pitcher. White Sox Insider Dan Hayes also learned from a source that the South Siders shouldn't be counted out in the Tanaka sweepstakes.

Stick with CSNChicago.com for all the latest updates on the baseball offseason.

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