According to Sponichi, Rakuten will announce posting of Tanaka today & He'll start negotiation as early as tomorrow. http://t.co/d1fFhv8mJs
— お先真っ暗 (@osaki_makkura) December 24, 2013
So after going back and forth… and back and forth, the Rakuten Eagles plan to announce that Masahiro Tanaka will be posted today, and that negotiations will start as soon as tomorrow. The Yankees should be extremely active in those talks, and they are likely the favorites to land the Japanese pitcher. Kind of an odd timing, with Christmas and all, but the Eagles organization seems a little ticked off with the new posting process, so better late than never.