Masahiro Tanaka Likely To Land In Seattle?

Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana (right) walks through the lobby during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Tachibana has not decided whether or not to allow Masahiro Tanaka (not pictured) to sign with a MLB team now that Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB have agreed on a $20 Million maximum posting bid. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana (right) walks through the lobby during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

According to several outlets including MLBTradeRumors.com, the Seattle Mariners appear to be the front-runners to land Masahiro Tanaka, reuniting him with former Rakuten teammate Hisashi Iwakuma.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted earlier today:

Add that in with the latest rumors that the Mariners may be able to get Nelson Cruz at a discounted price and perhaps the team isn’t done spending after all.

If the Mariners are able to land Tanaka and Cruz, I still think that a trade for David Price is in the works (not involving Taijuan Walker). Then, the starting five would look like this:

Felix Hernandez
David Price
Hisashi Iwakuma
Masahiro Tanaka
Taijuan Walker

They would – by far – have the best rotation in the American League and quite possibly the Majors.

We will keep an eye on the situation as it develops and bring you the latest information as it breaks.

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