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Report: Cubs, White Sox among five teams to bid on Tanaka

Masahiro Tanakmust sign with major-league team by Friday. | Getty Images

Masahiro Tanaka must sign with a major-league team by Friday. | Getty Images

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Updated: February 20, 2014 7:01AM



The Cubs and White Sox are among five teams who have made formal offers to Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a report out of Japan.

Nikkan Sports reported the Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are the other three, with all the teams offering more than $100 million for six years.

Nikkan Sports reported the Diamondbacks’ offer at six years and $120 million, which would be the largest in club history. The Yankees and Dodgers made similar offers, according to the report.

Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013. He is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in his seven-year career.

Tanaka must sign with a team by Friday.

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