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The Tanaka ties

Tanaka has ties to the Mariners

The bidding for Masahiro Tanaka figures to be fierce (and expensive), but the Mariners may have some ties that could help them get an upper hand in negotiations if they are willing to pay the right-hander what he's asking for.

The highest rated pitcher on the free agent market this offseason is now finally, officially, on the free agent market. Masahiro Tanaka -- coming off of a 24-0 season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB -- was posted by his team (allowing him to come to MLB before qualifying for international free agency, regularly after playing nine years in Japan) and any franchise that is willing to pony...

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