The D-backs are confident that they will get an opportunity to make their case to free agent Masahiro Tanaka. When that will happen and what they will say when they do speak with him, well, that's not something they are willing to discuss at this point. "Casey Close has done a nice job, I'm sure not only with us, but with everyone else, to kind of keep us informed on the timing, the schedules and how things are going to work," D-backs GM Kevin Towers said referring to Tanaka's agent. "He's pretty much asked those clubs that are involved that just less is better and not to really say anything or divulge the process or what's happening. We're all up to speed with what's to take place and how it will take place, just really not in the position to share any of it." Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles last year and was recently posted by the Eagles after months of speculation. The D-backs have made no secret of the fact that they are willing to put up the $20 million posting fee, but whether they are able to prevail in what could become a bidding war among the game's financial heavyweights remains to be seen. The deadline for teams to reach a deal with Tanaka is 3 p.m. MT on Jan. 24. The D-backs are unlikely to make the highest financial offer to Tanaka, with speculation being that his deal could exceed $100 million, but they hope that they are able to show that there are other benefits to playing in Arizona.
D-backs have 'plan of attack' for recruiting Tanaka
MLB.com | Jan 8