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Red Sox not expected to chase Tanaka

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 3, 2014 04:43 PM

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A few Red Sox updates:

A major league source tells the Globe that while the Red Sox are impressed with the talents of RHP Masahiro Tanaka, they do not expect to be contenders for his services.

All 30 major league teams were notified that the 30-day period to sign the 25-year-old began at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Clubs have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to reach an agreement.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season.

To sign Tanaka, a team would have to pay a $20 million posting fee to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles along with is expected to be a contract of at least $100 million. The Yankees, Cubs and Mariners are considered the leading candidates for Tanaka.

The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a minor league deal. Berry ended last season with the Red Sox, appearing in 13 regular-season games and three in the postseason.

Counting the postseason, Berry is 29 for 29 in stolen bases in his major league career.

Jan. 14 is the deadline for arbitration figures to be filed with Major League Baseball. The Red Sox have to sign RHP Burke Badenhop, 1B-OF Mike Carp, INF Jonathan Herrera, LHP Andrew Miller, and RHP Junichi Tazawa.

None would seem to be particularly onerous to sign. They are signed players at this point. If the sides cannot come to an agreement, a hearing would determine the player's salary for the coming season.

Don't forget about the New Stars For Young Stars Event on Jan. 11.

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