Blue Jays have eye on Masahiro Tanaka

Japan's pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Netherlands in the fifth inning at the World...

Japan's pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Netherlands in the fifth inning at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) second round game in Tokyo, March 12, 2013. (TORU HANAI/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS - Blue Jays assistant general manager Andrew Tinnish and pro scout Danny Evans, former GM of the Chicago White Sox, were in Japan last month scouting Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka may be the next Japanese starter to come to North America if his contract is posted by the Tohuku Rakuten Golden Eagles this winter.

Tanaka, who turns 25 on Nov. 1, is 19-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 22 starts.


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