Many of this offseason's top free agents have already signed contracts, but a new name has entered the mix who could make the Hot Stove a lot more interesting.
The posting period for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from his current team, the Rakuten Eagles, has begun. Teams now have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to sign the right-hander after the bidding officially started Dec. 26 at 8 a.m.
If a team decides to sign Tanaka, 25, they will have to pay up to $20 million to Rakuten for his posting fee. He went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Eagles last season, and struck out 183 batters in 212 innings.
As far as who would be interested, some have drawn links to the Yankees, Cubs and Angels. All three aren't afraid to spend money and could use starting pitching help.
The Yankees have already been very aggressive this offseason and could use another starter. If they are serious, it would seem difficult to try and outbid them. Tanaka is expected to haul a massive deal, possibly over $100 million in guaranteed money.