Chicago Cubs, White Sox enter race for Japanese sensation

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Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is set to hold talks with The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox as the race to sign the most coveted arm on the market heats up, reports CBS Sports.

Since the MLB and the NPB agreed a deal to limit a $20m posting fee and Tanaka's declaration that he wanted to move Stateside, a number of organisations have reportedly been in contact with the Rakuten Golden Eagles about the right-armer.

The $20m posting fee required represents value for the MLB, who has seen $50m posting fees for previous stars Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

It means that a large number of MLB clubs will be chasing the best pitcher on the market who, at 25, represents an option for teams who aren't challenging for the World Series.

And, according to CSN Chicago journalist Luke Stuckmeyer, Tanaka will travel to Chicago to meet with the two major franchises over a contract.

With his talent drawing interest from so many teams, Tanaka is expected to command a contract that is well in to nine figures.

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