Masahiro Tanaka has a lot of options.
The former ace for the Rakuten Golden Eagles has received at least five offers, according to a report from Nikkan Sports (via Adam Steen of MLB Trade Rumors). The teams that have launched bids are the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While all of those teams have been heavily linked to Tanaka throughout the offseason, the Seattle Mariners are noticeably absent from the list.
For Tanaka, time is running short. The pitcher must make his final decision by Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
Even with the clock ticking, there are still plenty of questions as to just what exactly Tanaka is looking for in his new employer.
David Waldstein of the New York Times reported that Tanaka's wife, pop star Mai Satoda, "prefers to be on the West Coast." However, Waldstein also added that preference is "a goal, not a mandate." Jim Allen of Kyodo News remarked via Twitter that Tanaka's final decision "might surprise people."
With those considerations in mind, it's time to set the final odds for the top suitors.