The gun is about to go off in the race to sign Japanese superstar Masahiro Tanaka as he plans to hold talks with as many as 12 teams before Friday, reports CBS Sports.
The Dodgers, Angels, Cubs, White Sox, Yankees and Diamondback are believed to have meetings with the right-hand pitcher planned with all talks taking place in the Los Angeles area.
Tanaka will see a doctor in the coming days to assess his medical condition, providing vital information to all interested teams.
None of the 12 interested franchise's have publicly confirmed their interest in the star, keeping any planned discussions as a closely guarded secret.
The secrecy is mainly down to the fact that Tanaka is expected to be offered a figure well in excess of $100m as his unexpected arrival on the free agency market creates a mad dash for his signature.
Of course, Tanaka still belongs to the Rakuten Golden Eagles but, thanks to a new agreement between the MLB and the NPB limiting any posting fee to $20m, Tanaka has been gifted virtual free agency.
The posting fee is well short of that paid for previous Japanese pitching stars Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish, both commanding fees of around $50m.
25-year-old Tanaka went an incredible 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for Rakuten, justifying the mad scramble for his signature.
There is no indication of a team leading the race for his signature as of yet.
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