Friday marked the onset of Masahiro Tanaka rumor-churning, so that will be the focus for today's "All you need to know." Now let's run down the must-knows for Dec. 27 ...
ALL THINGS MASAHIRO TANAKA
- A straw poll of team execs undertaken by Bob Nightengale suggests that Tanaka will wind up making at least $17 million per. That, of course, is in addition to the $20-million posting fee that goes back to Rakuten, his former team in Japan.
- Will MLB bar Tanaka from donating money to his former NPB club for capital improvements? They appear to have the power and intent to do just that.
- Yankees: Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Yanks have already been in touch with Tanaka's agent, Casey Close. The Yankees are expected to be among the favorites to sign the 25-year-old right-hander.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Ike Davis: The Mets reportedly were turned down by the Orioles when they asked for Eduardo Rodriguez in exchange for Davis, but they're still talking trade with the O's, Brewers and Pirates. (Mike Puma via Twitter)
- Mets: Mets exec J.P. Ricciardi tells WEEI that the team is happy with Ruben Tejeda as its starting shortstop. This would seem to downplay the Mets' chances of hotly pursuing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- Angels: Officially announced signing of DH Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $2.75-million contract, plus incentives.
- Rangers: Officially announced signing of OF Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130-million deal. Next season, Choo will bat lead-off and man left field for Ron Washington.