Tanaka posting period begins

The presumptive battle royale for highly-coveted Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka is reportedly set to commence Thursday, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, who notes the right-hander will have precisely 30 days to work out a deal with an MLB club.

With the free-agent market largely bereft of high-impact arms, Tanaka is certain to command myriad suitors willing to pay a $20-million release fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, who formally agreed to post their prized right-hander on Tuesday,