Just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Tanaka...however you choose to celebrate (or not celebrate) today, we wish you all the best here at Cubs Den and we thank you for reading and contributing your thoughts. Today we are celebrating with friends and family so I will not be online for most of the day, but I will be checking in from time to time. With that, I leave you with one update from David Kaplan which is nice to hear for all us Cubs fans,
"I just spoke with an MLB source who said the Cubs will not be outbid Tanaka. He said it will be hard to convince him to come to Chicago"
It's nice to hear that the Cubs plan to go all out here financially and if this is true, it does quell some of the doubts that the Cubs don't have money to spend. On the other hand, convincing him to come to Chicago may be difficult because of the losing record and doesn't have the glamour of NY or LA. But money talks and it appears the Cubs will be more than just competitive in that respect.
We're going to have to tread carefully here but...
Take this for what it's worth but Sponichi reports the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to post Masahiro Tanaka. http://t.co/2vzLBt7Zdy
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 24, 2013
Reports of reports are a tricky thing, and really nothing is official until the team announces it one way or another. This is a story with a wide arc and while we don't know if this is the final destination there does seem to be a resolution in sight.
I'll keep you guys updated with the latest.
Rakuten's decision to post Masahiro Tanaka was announced by team president Yozo Tachibana.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 25, 2013
There it is kiddos. Happy holidays!
UPDATE VII: Confirmation tweets are flying in from the guys Ghost Dawg told you to follow. All we need is an official release. Addendum: we're also just waiting around for the official team announcement. Might come tonight or tomorrow. I turn into a pumpkin at 10 pm CST but there will be a post up after it's all official. UPDATE VI:
There it is. Allen's been on it all day too. UPDATE V:
More of the same from Bob Nightengale UPDATE IV: Take this for what it's worth, ESPN is sticking by their story that Tanaka will indeed be posted. UPDATE III:
Well there's the proverbial monkey wrench into the system. UPDATE II:
Rakuten is expected to make an announcement on Masahiro Tanaka soon. Sounds like, as long expected, they will let him go to MLB. — Ben Badler (@BenBadler) December 25, 2013
This is really gonna happen, huh?
UPDATE: There's Cotillo. He's a tank and I'm going with him.
Reports from Japan: Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. Big news.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 24, 2013
Now that we're here we can get into where the dominoes may fall in terms of the Cubs and Tanaka. Twitter is alive with rumors that the North Siders will be all in on the Japanese import. I tend to believe those reports considering how quiet an offseason the Cubs have had so far this year. They've been outbid in the past so it remains to be seen how this plays out but I can see this FO pushing the chips all in for this guy.