BIDDING BATTLE BEGINS FOR JAPAN’S TANAKA

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NEW YORK: A 30-day window for Major League Baseball clubs to make offers to Masahiro Tanaka, star pitcher for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Eagles, began Thursday with several expected bidders. Teams must bid a posting fee capped at $20 million to the Eagles simply for the rights to negotiate with the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander, then spend the money to sign the Asian ace by January 24 ahead of February’s start of pre-season training for the 2014 season. Only the team that eventually signs Tanaka, if any, would forfeit the $20 million.

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