Masahiro Tanaka, White Sox meet

Updated: January 9, 2014, 10:06 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The Masahiro Tanaka free-agency tour has hit the United States, as the Japanese ace and his agent began meeting with teams on Thursday.

Tanaka and agent Casey Close have until a deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 24 to have a contract and physical completed with a team.

The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese League last season and is considered by many to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. The major league team that signs Tanaka, 25, will owe a $20 million posting fee ...

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