Masahiro Tanaka has Yankees on hold as deadline to get deal done approaches

Masahiro Tanaka has Yankees on hold  as deadline to get deal done approaches

With Jan. 24 as  drop-dead date for contract to be agreed to, Japanese ace still biding his time  with MLB teams.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014,


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	Masahiro Tanaka says he prefers a big-market MLB team while his wife says she prefers the West Coast.<br /><br />


Masahiro Tanaka prefers a big-market MLB team while his wife wants the West  Coast.

One of the few things we know about the Yankees’ pursuit of Japanese ace  Masahiro Tanaka is that they are unlikely to “do anything substantial” until the  righthander has made a decision, said a baseball official familiar with the  team’s plans.

The deadline for a team to sign Tanaka is 5 p.m. Jan. 24, and some reports  suggest the Yankees and Dodgers are the front-runners, although Tanaka’s wife  prefers the West Coast. A big-market club has always been Tanaka’s goal,  according to a person familiar with the pitcher’s thinking.

The only club to publicly acknowledge a meeting with Tanaka is the Chicago  White Sox.

Meanwhile, the Yanks finally announced their one-year, $2 million deal with  second baseman Brian Roberts. But they probably need to add more bodies to  compete with the likes of Kelly Johnson for at-bats at third. Free agent Michael  Young is contemplating retiring, according to a Fox Sports report, although he’s  also mulling at least four offers.

Also, Ivan Nova, David Robertson, Francisco Cervelli, Brett Gardner and  Shawn Kelley all filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.

The team and the players must exchange figures on Friday with hearings  scheduled for next month.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Derek Jeter is getting into the food  business. The shortstop has joined Luvo, a company that makes healthy prepared  foods, as “Partner, Brand Development Officer,” Luvo announced. “Eating well and  maintaining a healthy lifestyle have become important priorities in my life and  are critical to ensuring my peak performance on and off the field,” Jeter said  in a statement. “I believe in the vision of the Luvo team and look forward to  helping them positively impact health and wellness in our country by changing  the way we eat.” … Jeter’s foundation joined Twitter Tuesday  (@JeterTurn2).

7 METS FILE The seven eligible Mets filed for salary  arbitration on Tuesday: Second baseman Daniel Murphy, shortstop Ruben Tejada,  outfielder Eric Young Jr., starting pitcher Dillon Gee, reliever Bobby Parnell,  and first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. The players and team will exchange  salary figures on Friday. … Daisuke Matsuzaka remains a possibility to  re-sign, according to two people familiar with the team’s plans.

While a report out of Japan saying that the Mets were bringing Matsuzaka  back was either inaccurate or premature, the veteran righthander remains in the  mix, sources said. Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets in 2013, but  finished strong, going 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his final four starts.

— Andy Martino


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