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Seattle Mariners rumors: Masahiro Tanaka linked to Mariners, Yankees, Red Sox

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Seattle Mariners rumors link the team to Masahiro Tanaka again. These latest Seattle Mariners rumors come from the announcement that Tanaka will get posted by his team in Japan. According to a report from ESPN on Wednesday (Dec. 25), he will officially be posted by the Rakuten Eagles, meaning he is one step closer to pitching in Major League Baseball during the 2014 season.

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The 30-day negotiation period will open on Thursday (Dec. 26), which is also when the posting period begins. It is at that point that teams can offer up to $20 million for the right to negotiate with a very unique starting pitcher. He just finished up a season where he posted a 1.27 ERA and a record of 24-0. It's clear why his team would like to retain those services, but a big payday seems to be outweighing those thoughts.

In addition to the Seattle Mariners rumors that the team is showing interest, the Boston Reds Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and La Dodgers have also been linked to him. Depending on the source, it is either Seattle or New York that appears to be the leading candidates for Masahiro Tanaka. The next 48 hours will become very important, especially because it could reveal which posting offer that the Rakuten Eagles will be accepting.

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