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Report: Cubs, White Sox interested in Tanaka

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Highly coveted Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to meet with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox this week, according to a report.

Sportsnet reported that the right-hander will be in Chicago while accompanied by agent Casey Close, who is traveling with Tanaka on a tour of major-league cities.

The Cubs and White Sox offered no comment on the report.

Suitors are lining up for a shot at landing the 25-year-old, who posted a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Other teams mentioned as possible destinations include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti tweeted Wednesday that he is in the "feeling out process" with Tanaka's agent.

The deadline is Jan. 24 for teams to pay a $20 million posting fee to the Golden Eagles. Tanaka is likely to command a major-league contract that will exceed $100 million.

The fee is considered a relative bargain compared with the $50 million posting fees for Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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