The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to go "all out" in an effort to sign Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to USA Today.
The news comes two days after Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti tweeted Wednesday that the team is in the "feeling out process" with Tanaka's agent.
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 major-league cities.
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 Diamondbacks.
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.
The fee is considered a relative bargain compared to the $50 million posting fees for Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka. New rules limit the posting fee to $20 million. Formerly, there was no limit to how much money a team could pay to negotiate with international players.
The Dodgers signed right-hander Dan Haren to a one-year contract earlier this offseason and he is expected to join ace Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in the rotation. Right-handers Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett are returning from injury and may not be ready by the start of the season.