In shocking news Tuesday, reports came out that much sought-after pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had narrowed down his list of possible destinations. As you would imagine, this ramped up expectations about where the right-hander will land as it's now known precisely how many teams are in on the sweepstakes.
The reports are in Japanese as you would expect, but luckily all it took to get to the bottom of the rumours was some Google Translate:
That kind of translates to:
All teams in the North American
WOAH, stop the presses! There's now a 100% chance that Masahiro Tanaka ends up on the North American continent after spending the majority of his life pitching in Asia. That's big news that hadn't been known until now. But that's not all! The report goes on to say:
Translated, this roughly states:
He signed with one of the MLB team of 30
The tenses might be a little messed up, but the message remains the same: one of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball will be landing the highly prized Tanaka! It seems that the rest of the process is a mere formality as he chooses one of the teams from his narrowed list.
Just to make it clear, the teams still with a shot at Masahiro Tanaka include:
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
I think I speak for everyone when I say it's been a long time coming to finally know the list of teams that still have a shot at the Japanese import so the rest of the teams' fans can go back to living their normal lives.