Via Fox Sports:
Updated DEC 28, 2013 2:30a ET
Signing Masahiro Tanaka will be an expensive endeavor.
Tanaka, who officially has been posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, is expected to cost a minimum of $17 million per year, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
The 30-day posting period for Tanaka began Thursday. Any major-league team can negotiate a contract with Tanaka as long as it's willing to pay the Eagles a $20 million fee on top of whatever it agrees to pay the Japanese pitcher. It's been speculated that Tanaka could earn a contract in excess of...