Handicapping the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

1. YANKEES Freed from most of their $25-million

Freed from most of their $25-million commitment to A-Rod for 2014, the Yankees can throw big bucks at Tanaka and possibly stay under the $189-million luxury-tax threshold. Usually, if all that stands between the Yankees and a player is money, the player ends up in the Bronx. | (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Newsday's Anthony Rieber handicaps the race for righthander Masahiro Tanaka, who must sign with an MLB team by Jan. 24 before his rights revert back his Japanese team.

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