Rumors on how much Tanaka could earn just keep getting crazier and crazier as he has several top-spending teams chasing him. At least one industry source believes that Masahiro Tanaka could sign a contract worth over $140 million, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Tanaka has been the most highly-desired pitcher on the market this offseason after a highly successful career with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Nippon Pro Baseball. From a fiscal point of view, he is fortunate that his move to America comes at a time when the posting rules have changed to better benefit the player and several top-spending teams all need a top pitcher. The new posting agreement will mean he earns much more money as much less (a cap of $20 million) will go to Rakuten in the form of a release fee. The new rules also mean he can negotiate with any MLB team, not just one that wins a bidding war on a posting fee. Thus, Tanaka has teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Mariners and Diamondbacks all vying to one-up each other and offer the right-hander a bigger contract.
Bidding for Masahiro Tanaka could exceed $140 million
SB Nation | Jan 14