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Dodgers still in the top hunt for Tanaka

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are in one of the most heated battles since claiming the NL West division last season, in acquiring Masahiro Tanaka from Japan.

The Dodgers are in competition with several other teams, but remain the front runner with the New York Yankees as suitors for Tanaka.

The contract for Tanaka could go as high as $100 million, although the Dodgers remain somewhat tight lipped about the ongoing negotiations, don't count them out for a moment.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that the two sides speak daily, and are committed to possibly bringing in the Japanese phenom. The Dodgers vowed several weeks ago that they would not be outbid, and even though they aren't going as heavy for Tanaka like they did with Hyun Jin Ryu, they have their target locked in.

The Dodgers have the money and flexibility to sign Tanaka, however one gem could be in their favor, is Tanaka's wife who wishes to stay on the West Coast to further her music career.

If Tanaka joined the Dodgers, they would have one of the most feared and solid rotations in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Hyun Jin Ryu, along with a solid relief rotation, could be dominate for years to come.

Whatever team signs Tanaka has to complete his physical by 5PM EST on Jan 25th.

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