Dodgers reportedly among clubs to offer Tanaka deal

But LA is not pursuing righty in aggressive manner it showed for Ryu last year

Dodgers reportedly among clubs to offer Tanaka deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are among MLB teams that submitted a formal contract offer for free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a published report in Japan.

Nikkan Sports reported the Yankees, D-backs, Cubs and White Sox also made offers.

According to a baseball source, the Dodgers still are not pursuing Tanaka with the aggressiveness they showed last year, when they outbid every team for the right to sign Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The right-handed Tanaka, 25, has gone 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons in Japan -- including 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year -- and is expected to fetch a contract in the $100 million range, in addition to the expected $20 million posting.

He was posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles in December and has until Jan. 24 to reach a deal. If he and agent Casey Close can't work out an agreement with a big league team, Tanaka will return to Japan to play next season.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.