The ball club famed in the film 'Moneyball' for not having the cash to compete might now have the funds to acquire Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka.
The right-armed pitcher is the name on the majority of MLB's owners lips across North America. Whether these ball clubs will be able to afford him is another question, so where will Tanaka end up?
Many MLB teams are said to be interested in signing the Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher, including the Japanese owned Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, with whom Tanaka's agent Casey Close made high-profile deals for Derek Jeter in 2000 and 2010.
However, NY Daily News have thrown another name into the ever expanding sweepstakes pot. That's right, those Hollywood famous Oakland A's.
"Watch out for Oakland," a team exec told NY Daily News. “They’ve got as much money as any team and they like doing these big international things — as with their signing of (Yoenis) Cespedes, and the fact they were second to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman five years ago.”
Tanaka could well sign a deal worth up to $100 million, with his current ball club requiring a $20 million posting fee to let him go as well. Clubs have until the January 24th deadline to make a deal, or else he will spend the season back in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.