Scouting Reports, Potential Suitors for MLB's Top International Free Agents

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Scouting Reports, Potential Suitors for MLB's Top International Free Agents
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Masahiro Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.24 ERA this past season in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season now complete, all 30 teams will now direct their focus toward the free-agent market.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, players entering free agency will be allowed to negotiate and sign with new teams.

While this year’s class features top-tier players such as Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Brian McCann—each of whom is expected to land a highly lucrative deal—some organizations may be more interested in what the international market has to offer.

As of now, Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is likely to be the most sought after player. However, he is only one of numerous international players who are capable of making an impact in the major leagues as early as the 2014 season.

Here’s a look at this year’s top international free agents along with their potential suitors.

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