Found December 04, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Cubs’ pursuit of Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka could get very serious very fast, according to sources who say the business side of the operation already is boasting that the Cubs might land the top pitcher on the market. What puts Tanaka in play for the Cubs — who often are forced into mid-market decision-making because of debt-related restrictions — is that the often-exorbitant posting-bid price isn’t subject to restrictions on player spending that have been in place since the Ricketts family’s highly leveraged purchase in 2009, a source said. Tanaka, 25, could give the Cubs a front-line starter to build around as the homegrown hitting core comes together. General manager Jed Hoyer said last month that the Cubs planned to bid for Tanaka, a right-hander who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013. But some top Cubs baseball officials privately doubted they would be any more successful than they were in failed bids the last two winters for Yu Dar...
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