All of baseball is waiting on Masahiro Tanaka, but the Japanese ace may wait a few more days to announce which MLB team he will pitch for next season. Tanaka can hold his decision until the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Friday, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
Stark also reports that Tanaka took a physical while he was in Los Angeles earlier this month. The physical was confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Every team courting the 25-year-old right-hander has received the results of his Jan. 9 physical, though the team that wins his services may opt to have its own team doctors examine him.
Most of baseball's big spenders are courting Tanaka, who finished 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA as a starter for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan last season. The pitcher is considered the last nine-figure free agent remaining. Reports indicate that Tanaka has already received a $100 million offer from at least five teams. The remainder of the free agent pitching market, a group that includes Bronson Arroyo, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, should sort itself out after Tanaka signs.