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Dodgers remain in active talks with Masahiro Tanaka's agent

January 17, 2014|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Masahiro Tanaka remains prominent on the Dodgers' radar. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti says he's been in contact with the Japanese pitcher's agent every day this week except Thursday.
Masahiro Tanaka remains prominent on the Dodgers' radar. Dodgers… (Kyodo News / Associated…)

Even after signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-breaking deal, the Dodgers remain in active talks with Masahiro Tanaka’s agent.

General Manager Ned Colletti said he has spoken with agent Casey Close every day this week except Thursday.

Tanaka is expected to land a contract worth more than $100 million. In addition to that, the team that signs Tanaka will owe a $20-million posting fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Close also represents Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Kershaw said he hasn’t been asked to help recruit Tanaka to the Dodgers.

According to Japanese news reports, Tanaka’s personal assistant said Tanaka still hasn’t decided where he wants to play.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Yoshiki Sato, the former public relations director for the Golden Eagles.

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