Found December 13, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their cards when it's face to face," one major league executive told SI's Ben Reiter. There's another slowdown in the marketplace, and that is the uncertain professional fate of Masahiro Tanaka, the ace of Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles. The righthander, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season, would be the best available starting pitcher on the major league market if he were to be posted, but the new agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball caps posting fees at $20 million. The Golden Eagles are balking at that figure, meaning Tanaka's fate hangs in the balance -- as do the fates of Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana and more...
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