Why didn't Masahiro Tanaka choose the Cubs?

Why didn't Masahiro Tanaka choose the Cubs?
January 22, 2014, 7:15 pm
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CSN Staff

The talk all along was the Chicago Cubs were in big on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a 7-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees Wednesday.

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So was it just that the Yankees offered more money or more years than the Cubs, who were said to be blowing away the field with their offer?

"It wouldn't have mattered" if the Cubs' offer was that much higher than the Yankees, CSN's David Kaplan said on SportsTalk Live Wednesday.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander and Kaplan speculate on why Tanaka didn't choose the Cubs over the Yankees.

And, as expected, it all comes back to the Cubs' "Lovable Loser" label and their 105-year World Series drought.

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Check out the video above to see Kap and Telander's thoughts.