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Masahiro Tanaka rumors: Star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka prepares to meet with teams

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Masahiro Tanaka rumors have taken a big step forward. In the latest Masahiro Tanaka rumors, the star pitcher from Japan is ready to start meeting with Major League Baseball teams. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Jan. 9), he is now scheduled to meet with teams over the next several days. This means that a decision could soon follow.

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The magic date on the calendar is Jan. 24, which is the day that a contract has to be in place for the much sought-after starting pitcher to play during the 2014 MLB season. An official has estimated that more than one-third of all teams are interested in signing the Japanese star, but not quite as many that are willing to pay the expensive contract that is surely coming.

Depending on which baseball analyst a fan decides to listen to, the LA Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners are all considered "favorites" when it comes to negotiating with him. It's not really clear how much truth is coming from these recent Masahiro Tanaka rumors, though, especially with so many different teams trying to entice him.

It looks like within the next week that Tanaka could have an idea of which team he will want to play for and that soon after that he could be making an announcement with his agent. As team meetings start to take place, though, even more rumors are going to come out that link him to various teams.

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