Red Sox not interested in Masahiro Tanaka, per report

Koji Watanabe

While impressed with his talent, Boston isn't interested in Tanaka's services

The Boston Red Sox are not interested in Masahiro Tanaka's services, despite being impressed with his talent, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

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Tanaka has held the pitching market hostage this offseason, and free agents Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez have yet to sign. He is expected to cost more than $100 million on top of the $20 million posting fee that any team will have to pay to the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The Diamondbacks are considered to be involved in the bidding, as well as big-money teams such as the Yankees, Cubs and Mariners.

The deadline for an agreement with Tanaka is Jan. 24, meaning the market could be in stasis until that date. Adding to the complications, the commissioner's office is expected to review the winning bid to ensure that the Golden Eagles are not receiving more than the $20 million posting fee.

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