On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Thursday, Jan. 9 ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Masahiro Tanaka: CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the coveted Japanese right-hander was in Los Angeles Thursday for a physical and to meet with certain interested teams. Heyman writes that the Yankees, Cubs, Blue Jays, White Sox, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. As well, the Mariners, Angels, Twins and Rangers may have some interest in the 25-year-old ace ... Elsewhere, the Red Sox, tweets Alex Speier, have been in touch with Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, but have not yet met with him ... As for the Astros, according to Evan Drellich they're not likely to sign Tanaka.
- Mariners: Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is reportedly a candidate to become the next president of the Mariners.
- Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, who's currently waiting for an arbitrator to rule on his 211-game Biogenesis-related suspension, may seek an injunction if the final verdict isn't to his liking ... Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Yankees may have some interest in rehabbing lefty Johan Santana.