Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/17/13
The Los Angeles Angels recently scouted Masahiro Tanaka and are considering a pursuit of the undefeated Japanese pitcher this offseason the Los Angeles Times reported. The Angels had a scout in Japan last week to watch Tanaka who could cost the team a posting fee of $25 million according to the paper. Tanaka set a Japanese professional baseball record for consecutive victories in a season by winning his 21st straight decision last Friday. Angels starters entered Tuesday with a 4.37 ERA the eighth-worst mark in the majors and Jason Vargas Jerome Williams and Tommy Hanson all are scheduled to be free agents this offseason. Tanaka improved to 21-0 with a complete-game win in the Rakuten Eagles' 6-2 victory over the Orix Buffaloes. The previous record of 20 was set in 1957 by Kazuhisa Inao. The last time Tanaka took a loss was Aug. 19 2012. Since then the right-hander has won 25 straight one more than the Major League Baseball mark set by Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants in 1936-37. Many in Japan are suggesting that Tanaka 24 will pursue an MLB career after the season a move that would make him the most sought-after Japanese export since Yu Darvish.
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