Losing out on Tanaka.

The Cubs, despite putting in a great effort, failed to land the top pitcher available this off-season.  Masahiro Tanaka, of the Rakuten Eagles, has decided to sign with the New York Yankees for 7 years and $155 Million.  The Cubs, like the D-Backs, White Sox, and Dodgers, all put in an offer not knowing what the other teams were bidding.  Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that the Japanese right hander had signed in New York.  What is believed to be the key part of the contract, is a 4 year opt-out clause for Tanaka.  After 4 years, he can opt-out of his contract and make himself a free agent again.  All of this is disappointing for Cubs fans, but they should be proud of their team putting in the effort.  The Cubs will now look at some minor league deals for pitching after having a pretty slow off-season.

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