Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka will play in the states this upcoming season, now he just has to decide what ball club he wants to play for. The Rakuten Golden Eagles have officially decided to post Tanaka and he’s now a step closer to fulfilling his dream of pitching in the major leagues.

The posting period for Tanaka will begin on Thursday and will be available to any team that is willing to pay the $20 million release fee. The posting period last for 30 days, so the posting will end on January 24 at 5:00 p.m. Tanaka will reportedly be represented by agent Casey Close, who also represents Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, which could give the Dodgers an advantage.

Ned Colletti has been quiet regarding Tanaka, but the Dodgers are considered one of the favorites to land Japanese right hander. The Dodgers have the money to land Tanaka, but the Yankees, Cubs, and Rangers also have deep pockets and could be a real threat in negotiations.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season with the Rakuten Eagles and led his team to the Japanese Series title. Tanaka is expected to sign a deal over $100 million and if he signs with the Dodgers, would give them the best rotation in baseball.

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