The news comes two days after Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti
tweeted Wednesday that the team is in the "feeling out process" with
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox reportedly were scheduled to
meet with Tanaka this week. The right-hander is in Chicago with his
agent Casey Close, according to Sportsnet. Tanaka is touring
Suitors are lining up for a shot at landing the 25-year-old, who
went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings last season for the Rakuten
Golden Eagles in Japan. Other teams mentioned as possible
destinations include the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Arizona
Jan. 24 is the deadline for teams to pay a $20 million posting fee
to the Golden Eagles. Tanaka is likely to command a major-league
contract that will exceed $100 million.
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—The New York Yankees designated veteran outfielder Vernon Wells
for assignment, multiple media outlets reported.
Wells, 35, confirmed the team cut ties with him through Twitter.
He is still owed $21 million for 2014: $18.6 million by the Los
Angeles Angels and $2.4 million by the Yankees.
—The Yankees signed left-handed pitcher Matt Thornton to a
two-year contract, the team announced.
Thornton, 37, went 0-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 60 appearances in 2013
with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.
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