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Posting standoff puts Yankees’ plans in jeopardy

Red Sox could benefit, at least temporarily

The Red Sox could benefit, at least temporarily, from an ongoing dispute between Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan over a revised posting system that could mean highly coveted Rakuten Golden Eagles righthander Masahiro Tanaka will not be pitching stateside in 2014.

The Yankees are seen as the most aggressive pursuer of the 25-year-old Tanaka, who went 24-0 this past season. The Yankees are going to get better one way or another and help their pitching staff, but Tanaka is the one potential addition they consider to be an elite pitcher.

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