Over the last few days, we've seen ramblings here and there that have indicated the Cubs are heavily in on Masahiro Tanaka. Jayson Stark tweeted about owners talking about the Cubs. Bruce Levine tweeted this morning that he had a source that the Cubs were believed to be the front-runners.
Now, Tom Loxas has tweeted specifics of the offer:
Heard #Cubs offer for Tanaka in 160 mil neighborhood plus posting fee.
— TomLoxas (@TomLoxas) January 19, 2014
That is an incredibly strong offer over 7 years and almost certainly an overpay which could be tough to beat. So you have to start liking the Cubs odds a bit more now.
And that is what scares the hell out of me.
I have been girding my loins in preparation for the news that Tanaka will be a Yankee pretty much this whole off-season. Until recently, there really was nothing that would make me think otherwise. But now… I'm having these feelings of… I'm not quite sure… could it be… hope?
But this is where it gets dangerous for Cubs fans and we should probably get ready for the anvil to fall on our head or the Acme rocket to blow up in our face. Are we really comfortable getting too giddy about anything until it's a done deal?
This is going to be a loooong week as we wait for a final decision. Hold onto your butts.