Masahiro Tanaka rumors suggest he won't make his MLB debut anytime soon. The latest Masahiro Tanaka rumors come from Thursday morning (Dec. 19), with CBS Sports reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles won't post their star pitcher. The report states that the team is going to pay him $8 million for the 2014 baseball season to stay in Japan and become the highest paid player in Nippon Professional Baseball history.
It's important to point out that the information CBS is getting is at best third-hand. The sources are unclear and no official statement has been made by the Golden Eagles yet. When it comes to facts, the team wants him to stay there and play out his contract and Tanaka wants to move on to Major League Baseball. He has asked to be released from his contract and posted, but the team doesn't want to lose its star player. That's an understandable stance, but the franchise has to also make sure they keep him happy.
There are at least half a dozen teams that have expressed interest in paying the posting fee and signing a pitcher who went 24-0 last season. Many Masahiro Tanaka rumors have been out there since the middle of last season, with the New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, and Seattle Mariners making the most headlines. While New York and Los Angeles offer him the biggest markets, Seattle offers former teammate Hisashi Iwakuma.
Many MLB fans may be disappointed if it turns out that he won't get posted, but it's likely to be re-visited again next offseason when the opportunity presents itself again. There is also no timetable on when the Golden Eagles could make him available, so it could be a day or a month before the team actually gives an official statement.
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