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Tanaka In US To Meet With Major League Teams

Japan's pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws the ball against the Netherlands during the fifth inning of the second-round Pool 1 game in the World Baseball Classic tournament at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2013. (Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws the ball against the Netherlands during the fifth inning of the second-round Pool 1 game in the World Baseball Classic tournament at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2013. (Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – Free agent Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has arrived in the United States to meet with major league teams.

Big league clubs have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 to sign the star 25-year-old right-hander.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles, who made him available under the new posting system.

He is being represented by agent Casey Close and plans to have a physical in the U.S. that can be reviewed by major league teams.

Under the new posting system, the fee payable to the Japanese club is capped at $20 million and the player can negotiate with all big league teams willing to pay the posting amount.

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