A major league source told the Globe on Friday that while the Red Sox are impressed with the talents of Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka, they do not expect to be contenders for his services.
Any major league team interested in negotiating with Tanaka would have to pay a $20 million posting fee to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. The Yankees, Cubs, and Mariners are considered the leading candidates for Tanaka, who is expected to receive a contract worth at least $100 million.
Tanaka, 25, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season in the Pacific League, leading Rakuten to its first Japan Series title.
Orioles sign Berry
The Orioles signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a minor league deal. The Red Sox acquired Berry from the Royals Aug. 27 and he appeared in 13 regular-season games and three playoff games. Berry was 6 for 6 in stolen base attempts with the Sox and is 29 for 29 in his career, including playoffs . . . Jan. 14 is the deadline for arbitration figures to be filed with Major League Baseball. The Red Sox have to negotiate with righthanders Junichi Tazawa and Burke Badenhop, lefthander Andrew Miller, outfielder Mike Carp, and infielder Jonathan Herrera. If the sides cannot come to an agreement, a hearing would determine the player’s salary for 2014.