The agent for second baseman Kensuke Tanaka said Sunday at Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings his client has attracted interest from six major league clubs.
Alan Nero, who is representing the free agent second baseman, said the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays were among the teams who have made their interest known. Tanaka, a career .286 hitter and an accomplished base stealer, had been the Nippon Ham Fighters' starting second baseman since 2006.
He ruptured a ligament in his left arm in a freak accident on Aug. 29, but Nero said the injury was not a problem and the 31-year-old was so eager to play in the United States that he would even accept a minor league deal.
Tanaka has won four Pacific League Best IX Awards and five Golden Gloves.