Report: White Sox one of five teams to make offer to Tanaka

Report: White Sox one of five teams to make offer to Tanaka
January 19, 2014, 1:00 pm
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CSN Staff

The White Sox are one of five teams to make a contract offer to Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a report.

Japanese news organization Nikkan Sports lists the Sox — plus the Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers and D-backs — as making an offer to the highly pursued Tanaka. This on the heels of a meeting in Los Angeles between Tanaka and Sox brass including general manager Rick Hahn and team president Kenny Williams.

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The report says that "nearly all teams" have made offers of more than $100 million over six years.

The 25-year-old Tanaka is drawing so much attention thanks to a remarkable stat line in Japan last season, finishing with a 24-0 record and a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Tanaka's signing deadline is Friday at 4 p.m.